You Go Girl, Go!: Women's Sports Foundation Supports Girls' Health

Danielle CallesenCorrespondent IApril 10, 2009

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 14:  Tennis player Billie Jean King speaks on stage during the 29th annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards presented by the Women's Sports Foundation at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on October 14, 2008 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for WSF)

Since the implementation of Title IX in 1972—the legislation prohibiting sex discrimination in education and athletics—many may argue that not much else has been done to continue the struggle for gender equality in the world of sports.  Fortunately for young girls and women, the Women's Sports Foundation (founded by Billie Jean King) is beyond committed to confronting issues of inequity in gender in intercollegiate sports, race, sexual orientation, and other areas of concern.

GoGirlGo! is the pivotal programming focus of the Women's Sports Foundation. The program offers young girls and women a haven from physical and mental pressures and perils, all too prominent in America, via sport and physical activity. 

GoGirlGo! provides females with health and wellness education and ways to keep these positive behaviors always in mind. 

Cokie Roberts, Emmy Award winning journalist and contributing senior news analyst for National Public Radio, while on "Good Morning America" and NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday" to discuss her book, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, only had good things to say about the GoGirlGo! program. 

"Billie Jean King started the Women's Sports Foundation with our friend Donna de Varona.  She's got a great program to get girls active called GoGirlGo!...  I see a lot of that...  Women knowing they have to keep it going and make it better for the next generation."

The GoGirlGo!  program consists of: research, education and awareness, grant programs, and community activation-all pertinent to educating the public and encouraging female participation in sports and physical activity.  

While Title IX has drastically improved female inclusion and participation in sports, that alone may not prove sufficient.  Issues of inequity in race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability are still running rampant.  Protection and stability need to be offered, and that is where Billie Jean King and her foundation, the Women's Sports Foundation, come into play.        

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