Women's Sports Foundation, East Meadow, USA
|Women's Sports Foundation, East Meadow, USA|
|Street address:||Women’s Sports Foundation
Eisenhower Park 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, Suite 400
|State or Province:||New York|
|Location coordinates:||40° 43' 5" N, 73° 33' 13" W|
|Executive Director:||Kathryn Olson|
|Target:||Girls and Women|
|Organization type:||National NGO (operating countrywide or advocating at the national level)|
The Women's Sports Foundation aims to advance the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.
Founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. Today they provide scholarships and grants to aspiring athletes. They fund groundbreaking research and public awareness campaigns. They educate. They advocate. And they organize programs in cities across the country.
- One of the top five public grant-giving women’s funds in the United States, the Foundation distributes $10,000-20,000 per week from operating dollars to provide opportunities for socioeconomically underprivileged and inactive girls to participate in sports and physical activity.
- The Foundation’s advocacy efforts have directly affected the amount of scholarship dollars supporting educational opportunities for female student-athletes in the United States. In 1972, women received only $100,000 but now receive $617 million a year.
- In the past 34 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $50 million in educational and cash grants to advance participation, research and leadership in sports and physical activity for girls and women.
- The Foundation’s support of national laws prohibiting sex discrimination has resulted in an increase in high school girls’ varsity sports participation from 1 in 27 in 1972 to 2 in 5 girls in 2006.
- In the 2004 and 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Games, 33 of the women competing received Travel and Training grants from the Foundation, and five medals were earned by the grantees.
The Foundation works for equal opportunity for our daughters to play sports so they, too, can derive the psychological, physiological and sociological benefits of sports participation.
- High school girls who play sports are less likely to be involved in an unintended pregnancy, more likely to get better grades in school, and more likely to graduate than girls who do not play sports.
- Girls and women who play sports have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem and lower levels of depression.
- Sport is where our children learn about teamwork, goal setting and the pursuit of excellence. In an economic environment where the quality of our life is dependent on two-income families, our daughters cannot be less prepared for the highly competitive workplace than our sons.
- Eighty percent of the female executives at Fortune 500 companies identified themselves as former “tomboys” and having played sports.
- The Foundation works to afford females equal opportunity to work and be volunteer leaders in sports organizations and the sports industry.
Why does the Foundation need to exist today with the multitude of opportunities for girls and women in sports?
- Too many girls, especially those who are economically disadvantaged, are inactive and, as a result, at greater risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and other serious diseases.
- More than 3/4 of 12th-grade girls are unhappy with their bodies, and one in three adolescent girls will experience depression, anxiety or eating disorders. Physical activity has been shown to improve self-image.
- Females have 1.3 million fewer high school and 56,110 fewer college sports participation opportunities than males and receive $148 million less in athletic scholarship funds each year.
- Women’s sports is only 8 percent of all print and television sports media coverage (just exceeding horses, dogs and fishing).
- Women represent 41 percent of coaches of collegiate women’s sports, only 4 percent of coaches of men’s sports and 18.3 percent of athletic directors.
- Women’s Sports Foundation’s GoGirlGo! aims to get one million inactive girls active while keeping another million active girls involved in sport. GoGirlGo! also offers grants to sports programs for girls ages 8-18.
- In addition to getting girls and women active, the Women’s Sports Foundation provides educational materials on diversity, Title IX, the importance of physical activity and the promotion of female athletes.
…For these reasons and many others, there is still much work to be done to get girls active and for those who are active, to experience equal treatment at all levels of sports.
The Foundation has a $10 million operating budget and a donated Tudor mansion home in Nassau County, N.Y. as well as offices in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, and San Antonio.
You can learn how to support the Women's Sports Foundation here.