Thirty program leaders recently attended a WSF GoGirlGo! Leadership Institute at the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis and Learning in New York. Since the programs launch in 2001 it has helped more than one million girls get active. Working together to reach more girls, WSF discussed with the leaders the benefits of the curriculum and how it can be implemented in their communities.
This evening we watched as nearly 70 Olympic, Paralympic, champion and elite athletes graced the stage for the 37th Annual Salute to Women in Sports at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Find out who took home our top four awards of the night and learn more about our program Sports 4 Life to which all donations from the evening were directed.
Women’s sports want your support. Since the implementation of Title IX in 1972, female participation in athletics has grown from one in 27 to now two in five, yet women’s sports are less than 2% of sport stories in the media. Together we can change that and it starts by getting in the stands.
It never seemed quite fair, but the female athletes at Massapequa High School had always just accepted the sub-par quality of their locker room, while the boys boasted top amenities. Two dads familiar with Title IX decided to take action and, along with the WSF, create change.
Inspirational Triathlon Racing International (i-tri), in East Hampton, N.Y., received a Sports 4 Life grant one year ago. Founder Theresa Roden and the i-tri family work to reach the ever-growing Hispanic community in their area and give all girls access to sports and their endless benefits. WSF and i-tri are working together to get more girls in the game.
The Utah Development Academy (UDA) in Salt Lake City, Utah, received a Sports 4 Life grant one year ago. Coach Libby Stockstill and her UDA team reach girls that would otherwise have limited access, or no access to sports at all. WSF and UDA are working together to get more girls in the game.
While powerlifting may not seem the typical sport of choice for a young girl, fourteen year old Naomi Kutin has become known as arguably one of the strongest girl’s in the world and gained the nickname ‘Supergirl.’
It was hard to look anywhere in the media in 2015 and not see the powerful and talented Serena Williams. Her exemplary career in a sport where so few African Americans compete makes her an important role model and inspiration for thousands of young girls and boys who hope to one day fill her shoes. The WSF is committed to increasing access to all sports for all girls and women regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or ability
Meet i-tri, one of 22 grantee organizations who were selected to receive our Sports 4 Life grant, and hear from program leaders, parents and girls on how sport is making a difference in their lives. Sports 4 Life is a national effort to increase the participation and retention of African-American and Hispanic girls, ages 11-18, in developmental youth sports programs.
It has been proven time and again that physical activity and sports can improve the health and well-being of American girls and women, serving to reinforce the preventative health message that girls and women deserve and need complete access to opportunities. Now, a 20-year respective study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released this month shows how children’s social skills impact their success.