The Women’s Sports Foundation Celebrates Inspiring Athletes, Girls and Leaders in Sport at the Annual Salute to Women in Sports

The biggest night in women’s sports! WSF Annual Salute to Women in Sports. Tweet this “The Women’s Sports Foundation is an ally, advocate and catalyst for girls and women...

“The Women’s Sports Foundation is an ally, advocate and catalyst for girls and women to reach their highest potential in sport and life,” said Billie Jean King, WSF Founder. “I am inspired by this incredible group of honorees and proud to recognize their record-setting and glass-shattering achievements, and encouraged by the girls around the globe who are boldly blazing new paths.”   

The coveted Foundation’s awards and this year’s honorees included:

Sportswoman of the Year Award – presented to an athlete (in both individual sport and team sport) who exhibited exceptional athletic performance over the last 12 months.

  • Individual Sport, Allyson Felix (Track & Field) – World record holder, 18-time World Championship medalist, 11-time Olympic medalist, and the most decorated American track & field Olympian in history.
  • Team Sport, Jordan Larson (Volleyball) – Three-time Olympic medalist and captain of the history-making USA Women’s Volleyball Team.

Wilma Rudolph Courage Award – presented to a female athlete or a team who exhibits extraordinary courage in their athletic performance, demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity, makes significant contributions to sports 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 presented with the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative – recognizes an individual or group who demonstrates outstanding leadership and makes significant contributions to the advancement of women through achievements in sport and the workplace.

  • Kim Ng – General Manager (GM) of the Miami Marlins, the highest-ranking woman in Major League Baseball and the first woman GM of all the professional men’s sports teams in the North American major leagues.   

Champion for Equality Award – acknowledges an individual or organization that shows unwavering commitment to gender equality and to the advancement of women and girls in sports.

  • Larry Scott – Former Commissioner of the Pac 12 Conference, former Chairman and CEO of the WTA Tour

More information about the honorees 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 honorees, the Salute broadcast featured programs including the recently launched Power of She Fund: Child Care Grant, with Athleta, which supports mom-athletes; and the girl-serving community group The Cycle Effect, which empowers girls through mountain biking and mentorship. WSF also announced their upcoming President-Elect, three-time Olympian and New Jersey Devils Manager of Player Development Meghan Duggan, who will take over the helm in January 2022 from current President, World Rugby Hall of Famer and Mixed Martial Arts athlete Phaidra Knight. Champion athletes attending the event at New-York Historical Society event included: Grete Eliassen, Aja Evans, Rachel Garcia, Jessica Long, Tatyana McFadden, Maggie Steffens and more.

“I look forward to the Salute every year to applaud and shine a well-deserved spotlight on everyone’s commitment and accomplishments,” said Phaidra Knight, WSF President. “Across every level of sport, women continue to excel and make history. The grit, power and determination displayed throughout the year by women in sports is exactly what the next generation of girls needs to see to inspire their own limitless possibilities.”

A replay of the WSF’s 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 enable girls and women to reach their potential in sport and life. We are an ally, an advocate and a catalyst. Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, we strengthen and expand participation and leadership opportunities through research, advocacy, community programming and a wide variety of collaborative partnerships. The Women’s Sports Foundation has positively shaped the lives of millions of youth, high school and collegiate student-athletes, elite athletes and coaches. We’re building a future where every girl and woman can #KeepPlaying and unlock the lifelong benefits of sport participation. All girls. All women. All sportsÒ. To learn more about the Women’s Sports Foundation, please visit


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