On the heels of International Women’s Day and in the midst of Women’s History month, 20 talented, female Paralympians of Team USA are about to embark on the experience of a lifetime as competition kicks off this weekend for the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympics. The Paralympic movement and the fight for equality go hand-in-hand, and it…
Few people have overcome adversity in the way Paralympian Scout Bassett has. Born in Nanjing, China and losing her leg in a fire left Bassett on the street at just one and half years of age. She was found and taken to a nearby orphanage where she lived for the next seven years. Suffering from…
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.
Making her first Paralympic appearance in the Rio Games, Marybai Huking will also be the youngest member of the U.S. Goalball Team. We caught up with Marybai to discuss being a 2016 recipient of the Travel & Training Fund and all the excitement that comes with being a first-time Paralympian.
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.
25 years ago, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990. The Women’s Sports Foundation believes that all girls and women, no matter the ability, have the right to participate in sports and physical activity for its immeasurable benefits.
In 1968, the 22-year-old daughter of a General Mills line worker from Pontiac, Michigan, traveled to Mexico City to represent the United States in the Nineteenth Olympic Games. Her name was Micki King and although she had never represented her high school or university in her sport – diving – she was the overwhelming gold-medal favorite. An injury during the final competition kept her off the medal podium in ’68, but she was vindicated four years later in Munich, when she became Olympic champion in the three-meter springboard. Since her moment atop the medal podium in West Germany, Micki has remained a leader in women’s sports and a loyal friend to the Women’s Sports Foundation, most recently providing guidance on our newest research, Women in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the days ahead of our release of the eye-opening deep look at female athletes’ participation in London, we sat down with Micki to learn about her Olympic experience, how her sport stacks up in gender equity and why female leaders in the Olympic movement are critical to the success of every athlete.
Since 1984, our Travel & Training program has helped fuel the dreams of hundreds of deserving athletes. Many of these women have gone on to capture national championships and Olympic gold medals, including figure skater Michelle Kwan, alpine skier Picabo Street, judoka Kayla Harrison and gymnasts Kerri Strug and Gabrielle Douglas. Jennifer Johnson, a wheelchair table tennis player who won gold and bronze medals at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games in addition gold and silver medals at the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games, is also on that list. In December of 2012, she was inducted into the U.S. Table Tennis’ Hall of Fame, but what has she been up to in the 16 years since her golden Games in Atlanta?