A big WSF welcome to the new President of the Women’s Sports Foundation, Grete Eliassen! A four-time winner of the US Open, a six-time Winter X Games medalist and holder of the world record for the Women’s Hip Jump, she is also passionate about getting girls active to learn the lifelong benefits of sport. Grete has long been involved with the Foundation and we are proud to welcome her as our new leader.
The year 2016 is coming to a close and we would like to take a moment and say thank you to Angela Hucles for all of her hard work and dedication throughout her tenure. For the past two years, Angela Hucles has guided and led the Women’s Sports Foundation as its President and helped us continue to spread access to sport to all girls.
Meghan O’Leary and her partner Ellen Tomek compete in the women’s double sculls and first became acquainted with the WSF when they received a Travel & Training grant in 2015. We caught up with Meghan for an exclusive interview to discuss how she picked up rowing post-college and took it all the way to the Rio Olympics.
Following your passion towards a career path is a guaranteed way to always love what you do. For Olympic gold medalist Lauryn Williams, following a self-proclaimed love of “money and math” lead her to financial planning and the creation of her own financial services company, Worth Winning.
‘Women and Sport: The Long Road Up’ traces the pathway of women’s place in sport from the 1950s when girls and women were limited to play days, milk and cookies after “light competition,” to the impact of some of the most driven, talented, and charismatic figures who re-defined and transformed sport itself.
The 2016 Paralympics Games are officially underway with athletes from around the world gathered to compete at the highest level. WSF is proud to have 15 individual athletes and one team competing for the United States. Team WSF is composed of WSF Leadership and Travel & Training Fund recipients.
At 18 years of age, I was at the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, as the only Indian to represent our country in the sport of table tennis. The four months leading up to the Games were full of hard work, excitement, sudden media attention and the knowledge of the expectations of an entire nation.
As a female athlete from India, where girls are not really encouraged to play sport, I had always dreamt of working in the space of ensuring all girls access to sports. Thus, I knew how I wanted to spend my summer with the Women’s Sports Foundation in 2016.
Sports have played an enormous role in shaping who I am today. Track & field is not just a sport I participate in, it is also a true part of who I am. My internship opportunity at the WSF was an unforgettable journey as it utilized my knowledge of sports and business.
The Paralympic Games are upon us with a promise to be better than ever with unprecedented coverage and more athletes competing than before. As you prepare your viewing schedule, be sure to look out for and cheer on our #TeamWSF athletes.