Few people have overcome adversity in the way Paralympian Scout Bassett has. Born in Nanjing, China and losing her leg in a fire left Bassett on the street at just one and half years of age. She was found and taken to a nearby orphanage where she lived for the next seven years. Suffering from…
Making her first Paralympic appearance in the Rio Games, Marybai Huking will also be the youngest member of the U.S. Goalball Team. We caught up with Marybai to discuss being a 2016 recipient of the Travel & Training Fund and all the excitement that comes with being a first-time Paralympian.
25 years ago, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990. The Women’s Sports Foundation believes that all girls and women, no matter the ability, have the right to participate in sports and physical activity for its immeasurable benefits.
Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Dear Colleague Letter clarifying school’s obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehab Act) to provide extracurricular athletic opportunities for students with disabilities. The OCR’s announcement underscores our belief that every student, regardless of sex, means, race, religion… and ability, should be able to reap the benefits of sports. This major advancement comes directly after Tuesday’s announcement that U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta had lifted the ban against military women in combat positions. Make no mistake – both of these society-busters owe credit to Title IX, as 40 years of advancements for women in all fields have brought us to today.