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.
It is because of the health, education and leadership benefits of sports that the WSF lead a coalition of organizations to celebrate the first National Girls & Women in Sports Day in 1987. The day was established to honor and recognize women’s sports and the promise sports hold for girls and women everywhere.
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.