For years we have known that physical activity improves physical and mental health but only recently has mental health become more widely discussed in the public. This month as we celebrate mental health awareness we would like to highlight a few facts and tips regarding improving your mental health and getting active.
Every year in March, women from around the world come together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City for the meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). For the ninth consecutive year, the WSF presented on a panel, along with other sport organizations, to engage in an interactive discussion on eliminating barriers to women’s economic advancement in sport.
Throughout the month of May WSF is joining in celebrating and advocating for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, something we believe should be celebrated all year long. Through our research we know that when girls participate in sports they are not only living healthier but they are learning important life lessons.
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.
Physical activity is a crucial component to maintaining good health. It has long been proven that regular activity increases stamina, improves the way our bodies function and maintains a happy and healthy mind. So, what can sitting too much and not enough movement add up to?
Before Title IX, only one in 27 girls played sports. Today, that number is two in five. Girls want to play too. This Women’s History Month, join us in celebrating the incredible achievements of women in sport since the passing of Title IX in 1972, as we honor them across our social platforms and here on the S.H.E. Network.
In March, WSF will travel to the NCAA® Women’s Final Four® and host a special panel discussion at the WBCA Convention, the preeminent gathering of coaches, administrators and leaders in the women’s basketball community. Join us…
WSF would like to congratulate Stanford Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tara VanDerveer on her 1000th career win. This makes VanDerveer just the second women’s NCAA Division I coach to reach the impressive milestone. Now more than ever we can recognize the importance of having women serve as coaches, and therefore positive role models, for young women; yet, recent findings confirm systemic gender bias in coaching across women’s college sports. How do we get more women like VanDerveer in a position to lead and educate our youth?
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.
On October 18, 2016, the WSF’s Sports Advocacy Network met for the first time. A collection of university administrators, athletic conference leaders, legal experts and collegiate coaches gathered together to craft an action plan to reverse the decline of female coaches and to work towards the pursuit of gender equity in sports.