Last night, the Women’s Sports Foundation and WSF Founder Billie Jean King kicked off the 45th Anniversary of Title IX with a celebration at the New-York Historical Society. Our featured speakers included pioneer Billie Jean King, WSF CEO Deborah Antoine, WSF President Grete Eliassen, ESPN SportsCenter Coast to Coast co-anchor Cari Champion and WNBA President Lisa Borders.
By now, you’ve heard it all. You know mental training has tangible benefits, but it doesn’t feel tangible. So, before I go into all the benefits of mental training, let me lead by example during Mental Health Awareness Month with a key pillar of mental training: vulnerability.
Ever since Carolyn Peck gave Dawn Staley a segment of her 1999 Championship net a few years ago, Staley has been carrying the net in her wallet as a reminder. “I’ve had it in my wallet for years,” recalled Staley. “[Carolyn] said, ‘When you win your national championship, just return it.” And, return it she will.
The Women’s Sports Foundation recently hosted a Candid Conversation for female student-athletes at Georgetown University featuring Olympic gold medalist rower Esther Lofgren. Candid Conversations is a national program that matches WSF champion athletes with collegiate athletic programs to inspire, educate and provide practical counsel and professional opportunities to female student-athletes.
Being a professional athlete is not without its challenges, particularly as a woman. Recently, Nicola Butler and her fellow female wakeboarders felt discriminated against based on their gender. Instead of getting angry, Nicola directed her energy into something positive creating “For The Girls,” a powerful film with a message for the next generation of female wakeboarders.
In part one of this two-part series, we explored the current emphasis on accountability in women’s sport equality globally. I and numerous others have contributed to the planning and strategy that will precede a high-level government meeting sponsored by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organizations this summer in Kazan, Russia. As a lead advocate of Title IX, the WSF is proud to continue the fight to ensure access to sport for all girls and women both nationally and abroad.
Established in 1978, the International Charter of Physical Education and Sport provides leadership and guidance to the various countries of the world, including nearly all UN members, who have signed said Charter in regard to good governance and good practice in sport and physical education. However, over the years it has become clear that revisions are necessary, particularly relating to the circumstances for girls and women. Various research and professional organizations, including WSF, have official consultative status to the United Nations and we are proud to serve as key contributors to advance equality in sport globally.
Throughout the month of February the United States comes together to celebrate and pay tribute to generations of black history. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the changes that diversity brings to sports. Join us this month as we highlight phenomenal African-American women and their incredible accomplishments in sports across our social media platforms and here on the S.H.E. Network.
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.