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Causes: Civil Rights, Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Sports, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: We create leaders by ensuring girls access to sports.

Programs: Participation: over the last 40 years, the majority of the more than $50 million the women's sports foundation has distributed in cash grants and materials has helped socio-economically disadvantaged girls play sports or become physically active. Grants have also been made to up-and-coming accomplished athletes like chanda rubin, picabo street, kerri strug and kristi yamaguchi, whose travel & training fund grants from the foundation enabled them to compete at the early stages of their careers before they became world champions. In the 2004 and 2006 olympic and paralympic games, 33 of the women competing had received travel & training grants from the foundation, and five of those grantees earned medals. In october and november 2011, six travel & training fund grant recipients -- four individuals and two u. S. Women's teams (softball and water polo) -- stood on the podium representing the united states to receive medals at the 2011 pan american and parapan american games in guadalajara, mexico. Over 30 recipients competed in the 2012 games in london and over 10 in the olympic and paralympic games in sochi, russia in 2014. The foundation's gogirlgo. Grants have helped more than 170,000 girls of every skill level to play sports by funding sports participation opportunities, including the costs of equipment and apparel, in girls' school, club and community programs. In addition, the foundation has provided leadership development opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and research grants.

educational programs:the women's sports foundation annually responds to thousands of requests for information from female athletes, parents, coaches, the media and the general public, and distributes thousands of pieces of educational information each year. Since 2001 over one million girls have experienced the gogirlgo! Educational curriculum that provides the tools to resist health-risk behaviors and get physically active. Educational outreach through the foundation's web site, www. Womenssportsfoundation. Org, with thousands of pages of information, searchable databases, and a national toll-free infoline (800. 227. 3988), provides answers to questions ranging from "what should i do if my golf club doesn't allow female members? " to "how can i get funding for girls' sports programs in my community? " in the past year, our outreach has also grown through increasingly popular social media outlets, enabling us to share highlights of our work and important issues through interactive messages on facebook (25,000+ fans), and twitter (19,000+ followers). 1. Public education national awards programs including the international women's sports hall of fame and sportswoman of the year educate the public about the achievements of female athletes on and off the field. Over the past 34 years, more than 400 honorees have been celebrated. With women receiving only 8% of print and electronic sports media coverage, the foundation uses its high-visibility awards events and celebrity and champion athlete spokespeople to create more media coverage, and reinforce the idea of having positive female athletes as role models portrayed in the media. 2. Gogirlgo! In may 2001, the women's sports foundation launched gogirlgo! - an initiative to get one million inactive girls physically active. Gogirlgo! Grant and education programs have been delivered through hundreds of partner youth-serving schools and organizations and enable girls to cope with the physical and mental health and social challenges they are facing, from obesity and smoking to depression and unhappiness with their bodies. Women's sports foundation and other research point to physical activity as a fundamental solution to the serious and unique health and social problems faced by girls today. The foundations comprehensive gogirlgo! Program initiatives include grant programs, technical assistance to girl-serving agencies to enable them to better serve inactive girls and comprehensive public education initiatives. Key to the foundation's public education efforts include the delivery of research-based facts and messages about the benefits of girls playing sports and being active and the higher health risks they encounter when they do not. Our website, www. Womenssportsfoundation. Org/gogirlgo, provides summary data that includes the following statistics that can be addressed by increased physical activity:*approximately 25 million children under 17 are either overweight or obese. *a girl's participation in sports or physical activity declines significantly as she gets older. By the time she is 16 or 17, only 1 in 7 attends p. E. Class daily, and 15-30 percent report no regular physical activity at all. *inactivity is much more common among females than males, and among black females than white females. *thirty-eight percent of 12th grade girls and 18 percent of eighth-grade girls have used an illicit drug. *the united states has the highest teen pregnancy and birth rates in the industrialized world. *by age 15, girls are twice as likely as boys to have experienced a major depressive episode. *over 90 percent of victims of eating disorders are female, and 86 percent report onset by age 20. 3. International women's sports hall of famethe women's sports foundation owns the international women's sports hall of fame and a comprehensive women's sports library of more than 2,000 volumes, a significant women's sports film and video collection, athlete and event memorabilia representing more than 40 sports, and traveling museum exhibits.

advocacy the women's sports foundation is seeking to make change on many fronts as it relates to the rights and representation of girls and women in sport. Every day the foundation educates people to ensure that the title ix definition of "equal opportunity" in athletics remains unchanged and that regulations are enforced. The foundation's web site provides educational resources to inform parents, coaches, administrators and athletes of their rights in sport. Staff works independently and in collaboration with numerous national organizations to address inequities such as the following: *girls receive 1. 3 million fewer opportunities to play at the high school level and nearly 63,000 fewer chances to participate at the ncaa level. *women receive $183 million less in college scholarship dollars each year than their male counterparts. *women of color comprise approximately 23% of ncaa female student athletes. *women hold less than 43% of the head coaching positions in women's sports, less than 3% of the head coaching positions in men's sports and 8. 2% of division i, 16. 1% of division ii, and 29. 1% of division iii college athletic director jobs.

researchthe women's sports foundation has published over 30 research studies, including her life depends on it i & ii: sport, physical activity and the health and well-being of american girls (2005 & 2009); the ground-breaking go out and play: youth sports in america (2008) and who's playing college sports? (2008); and women in the 2010 olympic and paralympic winter games: an analysis of participation, leadership, and media opportunities (2010). These and other wsf original research reports are quoted daily in media, academic and public health settings. Following are brief synopses of recently completed projects:1. Go out and play: youth sports in america a national research team headed by dr. Don sabo, director, center for research on physical activity, sports, and health, d'youville college, studied the sports and fitness participation of boys and girls 8-18 (to allow comparisons) and the factors that impact their participation. Variables addressed include race, ethnicity, age, socio-economic status, family support and role modeling, cultural barriers and environmental barriers in a nationally representative sample and in 10-20 communities that rank low on the health and well-being of girls, over-sampling these groups and other race, ethnic and economic demographics to increase the power of the study. The wsf has an exemplary track record of performing public service research. This research report is the first of its kind to measure a national representative sample of girls and boys and their physical activity behaviors. The study will be repeated every two years to track progress. 2. Expanding the boundaries of sport media research: an exploration of consumer responses to representations of women's sportsover the past three decades, sport media scholars have consistently uncovered two patterns of representation throughout mainstream media: 1) female athletes, compared to their male counterparts, are significantly underrepresented with respect to amount of coverage (fink & kensicki, 2002; kane & buysse, 2005); and 2) sportswomen are routinely presented in ways that emphasize their femininity and heterosexuality versus their athletic competence (kane, 1998; parker, 2002). These trends have been remarkably resilient: they have been discovered in print and broadcast journalism, at different levels of athletic involvement (e. G. , olympic, college and professional sports) and regardless of time period with respect to title ix. Regarding this latter point, duncan and messner (2005) found that sportswomen continue to be largely invisible throughout the vast media landscape, where they typically receive only 6-8% of all sport coverage. This ignores the reality of women's overall level of involvement in that they represent approximately 40% of all sport participants nationwide. It also ignores another reality sportswomen comprise approximately half of all those involved in intercollegiate athletics (acosta & carpenter, 2006). 3. Title ix research seriesthe women's sports foundation has assembled a title ix research team led by dr. John j. Cheslock, of penn state university (formerly of the university of arizona) to produce a series of three reports on title ix which will essentially answer three relatively straightforward questions:1. How has male and female athletic participation changed over time? 2. What factors have contributed to these changes in athletic participation? While these three questions are simple, the reports will be of substantial depth. To fully answer the relatively broad questions listed above, one needs to answer a variety of underlying specific questions. Furthermore, the answers to each question can differ substantially by the type of institution examined. Ncaa division i-a institutions, ncaa division iii institutions, and njcaa institutions are unlikely to act in a similar fashion. Each of these reports will substantially influence the debate over title ix with the women's sports foundation leading a media effort to disseminate this work broadly. 4. Women in the 2010 olympic and paralympic winter gamesthe 2010 study replicates the foundation's "women in the 2006 olympic and paralympic winter games: an analysis of participation, leadership and media coverage" report, a comprehensive study grading the parity of women's participation and leadership for the olympic and paralympic winter games. The foundation has also conducted studies on the summer olympic games of 2008. Of note, the 2012 olympic report is now issued. The women's sports foundation issued a report card that grades the following:*2010 olympic winter games participation*2010 paralympic winter games participation*2010 ioc membership*2010 international paralympic committee (ipc) membership*2010 u. S. Olympic participation of women in leadership positions*2010 u. S. Paralympic participation of women in leadership positions*2010 u. S. Olympic committee (usoc) board of directors*2010 u. S. Media coverage*2012 olympic and paralympic reportthe women's sports foundation is the leader in promoting sports, health and education for girls and women. With billie jean king as our founder and ongoing visionary, the women's sports foundation continues to have a profound impact on female athletics, from its vigorous advocacy of title ix legislation to providing grants and scholarships, grassroots programs for underserved girls, and groundbreaking research. An agent for change, the foundation has relationships with more than 1,000 of the world's elite female athletes and is recognized globally for its leadership, vision, strength, expertise and influence. For more information, visit www. Womenssportsfoundation. Org.

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Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, the foundation is the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports, and is dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring girls access to sports. Their work shapes public attitude about women's sports and athletes, builds capacities for organizations that gets girls active, ensures equal opportunities for girls and women, and supports physically and emotionally active lifestyles.