Women's Sports Foundation (2012)

Advancing the lives of women and girls through sports and physical activity.

    • December 14, 2012

The Women’s Sports Foundation
The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF), founded in 1974 by Billie Jean King, advances the lives of women and girls through sports and physical activity. From aspiring Olympic athletes to sedentary girls in underserved communities, WSF programs help girls and women of all abilities reach their potential.

Since 1984, the Foundation has awarded more than 1,250 grants and $1.4 million through the Travel & Training Fund to help cover the expenses of talented amateur athletes as they advance to the highest competition levels in their athletic fields. The Foundation’s GoGirlGo! program provides girls in underserved communities with access to physical activity programs as well as teaches community leaders, volunteers, and coaches how to sustain local initiatives.

In 2011, the Foundation launched a research partnership with the University of Michigan to create the first-ever Sports, Health and Activity Research and Policy Center for Girls (SHARP). Building on more than 25 years of the Foundation’s research leadership understanding barriers and opportunities to get more women and girls active, the SHARP collaborative will further inform WSF’s outreach, programmatic, and advocacy efforts.

“The 40th anniversary of Title IX and the outstanding achievements of our female athletes in the Summer Olympics elevate the platform for supporting women and girls through sports,” expressed Kathryn Olson, CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation. “Intersected with the health and social issues we face among youth, in underserved communities, and in particular for girls, the platform carries even greater significance for the work of the Women’s Sports Foundation. “The Patterson Award speaks to our collective achievements, and we are grateful for that recognition.”

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