Sports Foundation To Re-Introduce Speaker Service

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: June 13, 2008

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — The Women’s Sports Foundation is the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports. The foundation advocates for equality, educates the public, conducts research and offers grants to promote sports and physical activity for girls and women.

Recently, the foundation has re-introduced their speaker service. For close to 20 years they have cultivated relationships with the most influential personalities ranging from champion athletes to experts on women’s issues.

A percentage of each honorarium paid to their speakers is donated back to the Foundation and directly supports girls and women in sport and physical activity. Two of the most notable speakers to team up with the Women’s Sports Foundation are Laila Ali and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Laila Ali is a current member of the Women’s Sports Foundation Board of Trustees as well as a co-host on the television program American Gladiators.

She has appeared on numerous television shows including, Good Morning America, the Today Show, Rachel Ray and Dancing with the Stars while still holding the title of undefeated Super Middleweight Boxing Champion of the world. Laila not only speaks motivationally but has also authored a book titled “Reach”, geared toward giving young women the inspiration to succeed in life.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee is a six-time Olympic medalist and the first woman to be given The Sporting News Athlete of the Year Award. She is a former member of the Women’s Sports Foundation Board of Trustees and a three-time recipient of the Sportswoman of the Year Award.

In 2007, she received one of the highest honors as a recipient of the International Olympic Committee’s Women and Sport trophy for her active role in the advancement of girls through sport.

Later that year she spoke to community members and political leaders for the University of Hawaii about Title IX and its impact on her life as a woman and as an athlete.

Ali, Joyner-Kersee and hundreds of other speakers are available to speak at graduations, clinics, corporate trade shows, sales conferences, multicultural celebrations and more.

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