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.
At the age of 11, Amy Cozad decided she wanted to give diving a try over swimming and quickly the dream took hold to one day compete for Team USA. Now at the age of 25, she is making her dream a reality competing in the women’s synchronized 10-meter diving event at the Rio 2016…
A two-time Travel & Training Fund recipient, Maia Shibutani stopped by the Women’s Sports Foundation headquarters in NYC to talk about why the funding has been crucial to her continued success on the ice, what it’s like to skate as a sibling pair, her pre-competition ritual and more.
This year’s Athlete FaceOff is underway. Most recently, the WSF awarded 32 athletes and teams Travel & Training Fund grants with support from Gatorade and last year’s #WSFFaceOff donors. Champion athletes Brenda Villa, Lyn-z Adams Hawkins Pastrana and Jamie Whitmore weigh in on what the Travel & Training Fund means to them.
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.
To eight-time X Games medalist and WSF Athlete Advisory Panel member Lyn-z Adams Hawkins Pastrana, competing against the best skateboarding had to offer was incredibly important. Although she was fortunate to have sponsors, some of her fellow boarders weren’t as lucky — a story that holds true across every single sport.
VIDEO: WSF Friend Michelle Kwan & WSF Board of Trustees member Alana Nichols join CBS’ “We Need To Talk” to discuss their careers, the importance of the Women’s Sports Foundation, and much more with co-hosts Amy Trask and WSF Past President Laila Ali.
On February 19, 2002, the entire city of Birmingham, Alabama, was glued to their televisions during the Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games, watching hometown favorite Vonetta Flowers become the first-ever athlete of African descent to win a Winter Games gold. The bobsledder, to whom we awarded a grant from our Travel & Training Fund in 1998, also competed in the 2006 Torino Winter Olympic Games, finishing sixth. As accomplished as she was pioneering, Vonetta blazed the trail for current runners-turned-bobsledders like Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams, who are both set to compete in Sochi next week. In honor of February’s Black History Month, we tracked down Vonetta to find out what she has been up to since her history-making run in Salt Lake in 2002.
To an outsider, skier Picabo Street’s rise to the top of the Olympic podium might have looked easy. A natural athlete who qualified for the U.S. National team at just 18, Street raced like she was born with skies on her feet. But her inspiring success and ensuing ski- icon status did not come without its trials and tribulations. What has the Olympic gold medalist been up to since she last raced in 2002? Read on the find out.
She is her sport’s pioneer, a prolific prop player who has represented the U.S. Rugby National Team for 15 seasons while earning USA Rugby’s Player of the Decade in 2010. But New Yorker Phaidra Knight isn’t just a rugby star – she’s a law school graduate with the 2014 Sochi Games on her mind. We sat down with Phaidra to talk about playing sports as a young girl in rural Georgia, why she’s now aiming for a spot on the U.S. Bobsled team and what the Women’s Sport Foundation means to her.