The Women's Sports Foundation (WSF) is the trusted voice of women's sports and physical activity because our work is anchored on fact-based research and 34 years of experience in the design and execution of award-winning education and public policy programs.Founded in 1974 by Billie Jean King, WSF is a national charitable educational organization dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through physical activity.
Here are a few of our success stories:
- 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, WSF has awarded more than $50 million in educational and cash grants to advance participation, research and leadership in sports activity for girls and women.
- 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.
- 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.
- Females have 1.3 million fewer high school and 56,110 fewer college sports participation opportunities than males and receive $114 million less in scholarship funds each year.
- Women's sports are only 8 percent of all print and television sports media coverage (just exceeding horses, dogs and fishing).
- Why give to the Foundation? The Foundation is meeting a critical need. When we expand participation and leadership opportunities for girls and women in sport, these experiences pay dividends in the form of a stronger, healthier society. Join the Women's Sports Foundation and help more girls get off the sidelines and into sports and good health.
Advisory Board Member
- Elaine Hagin, USBC Hall of Fame