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Former Eagle is New WSF President

  • 08 Jan 2019

In 1974, tennis legend Billie Jean King established the Women’s Sports Foundation and aimed “to advance the lives of women and girls through sports and physical activity.” Through financial support, research, advocacy and education, the organization has made steady gains in opening access to women and girls in sports.

On Jan. 7, 2019, the Foundation welcomed Elana Meyers Taylor as the new president. Known for her prowess on the bobsled track (multiple Olympic and World Championship medals), Meyers Taylor is also a USA 7s Eagle. The late Ric Suggitt met the bobsledder at the Chula Vista training center as she was training for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Friendly banter turned into practice viewings, then some ball-handling, and then finally expressed interested in the sport. Suggitt told Meyers Taylor that he’d save a spot at camp for her after the winter Olympics and see if it worked out. The Georgia native gave it a go at the Guangzhou, China and Amsterdam tournaments during the 2013-14 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.

As for the new role, Meyers Taylor told the Foundation:

“Sports have been an instrumental part of my life. Being an athlete has taught me leadership, integrity and teamwork. Those lessons have been so invaluable, but it never made sense to me why women shouldn’t have equitable access to sports and all the benefits they provide. That’s why I made it my personal mission to excel in women sports, and to race alongside and against men.

“It was Billie Jean King who gave me the courage to pursue those goals. I am honored to work with her and the Women’s Sports Foundation team to advocate for equity in sport. I hope to honor and build upon the legacy of Billie Jean King and all the brave women who’ve come before me, by helping unlock the power and leadership potential of the next generation of girls and women through access to sports.”

Here’s to more rugby people in high places!

#ElanaMeyersTaylor #WomensSportsFoundation #USAWomen7s

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