Where has the time gone? Thinking about celebrating 31 years of National Girls & Women in Sports Day brings back so many memories. Over the years we’ve brought athletes and organization representatives into the Oval Office to meet with the President and sometimes First Lady. Some years we would organize sporting events, such as walks or games. I take great pride in continuing this special day and look forward to many years to come encouraging girls and women in sports.
On Wednesday, February 1, champion athletes and advocates alike convened on Capitol Hill to celebrate the 31st annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). Since 1987, NGWSD has empowered women and girls to get moving, embrace physical activity and push past their limits. Read on for highlights from the kick off of NGWSD 2017.
With over 40 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Dr. Deborah Antoine joined the Women’s Sports Foundation as our new CEO on January 3, 2017. We sat down with Deborah to discuss her career with non-profits, her passion for sports and her commitment to gender equality.
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.’