About the Women's Sports
Founded in 1974 by Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation is a
charitable educational organization dedicated to ensuring equal access to
participation and leadership opportunities for all girls and women in sports
and fitness. The Foundation's Participation, Education, Advocacy, Research and
Leadership programs are made possible by individual and corporate
contributions. The Foundation is located in Nassau County, N.Y.
Project to Eliminate Homophobia
The Project to Eliminate Homophobia in Sport is a collaborative effort
involving seven leading national organizations and is designed to create an
educated public that respects all athletes and sports-affiliated personnel
regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expressions. The Project
has four main goals:
EDUCATION: Educate athletes, their parents, guardians, coaches,
administrators and the public, plus other key influencers about the origins
and effects of homophobia in sport and the relationship of homophobia to
sexism and gender oppression.
RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT AND DISTRIBUTION: Cultivate and develop diversified
resources to ensure the effectiveness, durability and strength of the Project
to Eliminate Homophobia in Sport.
ADVOCACY: Advocate for fair policy guidelines on teams, at events and
within the workplace for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) sport
professionals, athletes and fans in sport.
RECOGNITION: To publicly recognize the athletic achievements and
professional successes of openly LGBT sports participants, thereby providing
healthy role models.
We plan to show our recently produced video, "It Takes A Team! Making
Sports Safe for Lesbian and Gay Athletes" and discuss our Strategic Action
Plan to promote and distribute it to high schools and colleges nationwide.
We'll have the producers and writers of the video and some of the athletes in
the video will be available to speak and answer questions as well.
"It Takes a Team" Video and
The Video will also be showing at the Sports and Company
Exposition, and there will be materials on the Education Kit there as