In September, Development and Communications Intern Ruth Logan wrote on the importance of strong female athletes. As a follow up, Ruth is reporting on women’s sports. Because athletes deserve equal coverage.
Tennis – This Monday morning tennis star Serena Williams was announced as Sports Illustrated’s 2015 Sportsperson of the Year. Williams has had an incredible year with a record of 53-3 and three major titles. In the major interview with SI, Williams said, “I have come a really long way, but I never look at that that way. There’s still so much further for me to go and so much further that I want to go.” This was the first time SI has chosen an individual female athlete since 1983, when track star Mary Decker was awarded the accolade. This announcement is also groundbreaking as it is the first time the title is Sportsperson instead of Sportsman or Sportswoman of the Year.
Soccer – On Sunday night the U.S. Women’s National Team won 2-0 against China PR in Glendale, Arizona. The two goals were scored by Crystal Dunn and Christen Press respectively. There were many other score attempts, but they missed. This match was the penultimate match of the Victory Tour and of Abby Wambach’s career. The last game will be Wednesday night in New Orleans against China.
Running – Recently Kiley Lyall was named as the 2015 Women’s Running Cover Girl. Lyall, 24 years old, is the first runner with autism to be on the magazine’s cover. She has run countless races all while dealing with moderate autism, mild cerebral palsy, and life-threatening seizures. In her first half-marathon, Lyall experienced one seizure at mile 10 and then another at mile 11 but decided to keep going and finish the race. She is an inspiration.
PeacePlayers International continues to support the development of young female athletes in basketball and peacebuilding clinics. In Israel and the West Bank, where only 25% of participants in competitive sports are women, more than 70% of PPI’s program participants are female. A chance to play basketball has given PPI participants, male and female, a brighter future.