Allyson Felix, Jordan Larson, Kim Ng, Naomi Osaka and Larry Scott honored with Foundation Signature Awards
Posted: October 13, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. CDT|Update: 4 hours ago
NEW YORK, October 13, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Tonight, the Women’s Sports Foundation celebrated the extraordinary accomplishments of athletes and leaders in women’s sport at their annual salute. Recognized as the biggest evening in women’s sport, the event paid tribute to athletes and executives who made history. Allyson Felix, Jordan larson, Kim Ng, Naomi Osaka and Larry scott – in a national broadcast on Yahoo Sports, preceded by an exclusive reception for donors and supporters of the New-York Historical Society. The salute was presented by WSF Athleta partners, espnW, Gatorade, NBC Sports Group and Yahoo Sports.
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In a year in which the first female coaches won Super Bowl rings, a former WNBA player became part-owner of the franchise and Team United States women in Tokyo By winning 58% and 60% of the team’s Olympic and Paralympic medals, respectively, there is much to celebrate. The power, impact and popularity of women’s sports and athletes continue to grow – with athletes serving as inspiration and role models, motivating the next generation of young girls to #KeepPlaying. WSF research has shown that participation in sport offers many lifelong benefits, including health and wellness, goal setting and mastery, discipline, self-confidence and leadership skills. While the Salute invites everyone to revel in the celebration, it also serves to remind people of the continued need for equitable access, inclusion and opportunities in sport for girls and women, and he mobilizes everyone to take measures to support the Foundation in its mission.
“The Women’s Sports Foundation is an ally, an advocate and a catalyst for girls and women to reach their highest potential in sport and life,” said Billie Jean King, founder of the WSF. “I am inspired by this incredible group of award winners and proud to recognize their record breaking and earth-shattering accomplishments, and encouraged by girls around the world who are boldly breaking new ground.”
The Foundation’s coveted prizes and this year’s winners included:
Sportswoman of the Year Award – presented to an athlete (in individual sport and team sport) who has shown outstanding athletic performance in the past 12 months.
- Individual sport, Allyson Felix (Athletics) – World record holder, 18-time World Championship medalist, 11-time Olympic medalist and America’s most decorated track and field athlete in history.
- Team sport, Jordan larson (Volleyball) – Triple Olympic medalist and captain of history United States Women’s volleyball team.
Wilma Rudolph Courage Price – presented to a female athlete or a team that shows extraordinary courage in its sports performance, demonstrates its ability to overcome adversity, makes a significant contribution to sport and serves as a role model.
- Naomi Osaka – Four-time Grand Slam champion, social justice activist and mental health advocate
Billie Jean King Leadership Award featured with the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative – recognizes an individual or group who demonstrates exceptional leadership and contributes significantly to the advancement of women through achievement in sport and the workplace.
- Kim Ng – General Manager (GM) of the Miami Marlins, the highest ranked woman in Major League Baseball and the first female general manager of all professional male sports teams in the North American major leagues.
Equality Champion Award – recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates an unwavering commitment to gender equality and the advancement of women and girls in sport.
- Larry scott – Former Commissioner of the Pac 12 conference, former CEO of the WTA Tour
More information on the winners and their awards can be found here.
The evening’s festivities were a hybrid of virtual and in-person celebration. In addition to the award winners, the Salute show featured programs such as the recently launched Power of She Fund: Child Care Grant, with Athleta, which supports mom-athletes; and the community-based girls’ group The Cycle Effect, which empowers girls through mountain biking and mentoring. The WSF also announced its next president-elect, three-time Olympian and director of player development for the New Jersey Devils, Meghan Duggan, who will take charge of January 2022 the current president, member of the World Rugby Hall of Famer and mixed martial arts athlete Phaidra Knight. Champion athletes participating in the New-York Historical Society event included: Grete Eliassen, Aja Evans, Rachel Garcia, Jessica long, Tatiana mcfadden, Maggie Steffens and more.
“I look forward to the Salute every year to applaud and shine the much-deserved spotlight on everyone’s commitment and accomplishments,” said Phaidra Knight, President of the WSF. “At all levels of sport, women continue to excel and make history. The courage, power and determination displayed throughout the year by women in sport is exactly what the next generation of girls need to see to inspire their own limitless possibilities.
A replay of the WSF Annual Salute, produced by Springtime Media, can be found here. More information about the event can be found here.
About the Women’s Sports Foundation
The Women’s Sports Foundation exists to empower girls and women to reach their potential in sport and in life. We are an ally, an advocate and a catalyst. Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, we strengthen and expand opportunities for participation and leadership through research, advocacy, community programs and a wide variety of collaborative partnerships. The Women’s Sports Foundation has positively shaped the lives of millions of young people, student-athletes, elite athletes and coaches. We are building a future where every girl and woman can #KeepPlaying and enjoy the lifelong benefits of participating in sport. All the girls. All the women. All sportsÒ. To learn more about the Women’s Sports Foundation, please visit www.WomensSportsFoundation.org
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