Inspirational Annual Salute to Women in Sports
The Women’s Sports Foundation 33rd Annual Salute to Women in Sports celebrated the most accomplished women in sports and the girls they inspire. It included athletes from the London Olympics and celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title IV. It was October 17, 2012 in New York City at Cipriani Wall Street.
My friend, Jennifer Leeds, with Giants Steps Foundation invited Shelley Olds, 2012 London Olympics road bicycle racer, and me to attend the event. Champion Mobile Notary is a proud sponsor of Shelley Olds.
The event schedule:
1. Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
2. Red Carpet
3. Grand March of Athletes
6. Sportswoman of the Year – Team Award
7. Billie Jean King Contribution Award
8. Wilma Rudolph Courage Award
9. ANNIKA Inspiration Award
10. Sportswoman of the Year – Individual Award
It was a fabulously inspiring event. It motivated me to take my business to the next level. Each table had an athlete. Our table was special, we had two athletes: Shelley Olds, 2012 London Olympian and Jordyn Wieber, 2012 London Olympian Gold Medalist. During and after the event, we had the opportunity to meet other athletes. I met Michelle Kwan, Julie Foudy, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King and Gabby Douglas.
These accomplished female athletes of all ages were approachable, kind and passionate about women in sports. Future athletes attended too. These were young pre-teen girls who walked the red carpet and were on stage with the athletes. In fact, one of them shared how she wanted to meet Gabby Douglas. Gabby was on stage a few feet away and was surprised and honored with her request. Gabby went up to her, shook her hand and hugged her.
Women’s Sports Foundation Mission:
Billie Jean King founded the Women’s Sports Foundation in 1974 with a mission to increase the participation of women and girls in sports and to advocate for equality, educate the public, conduct research and offer grants to promote sports and physical activity for girls and women to promote physically and emotionally healthy lifestyles and future leaders.
I am grateful for the wonderfully, memorable opportunity to attend the Women’s Sports Foundation 33rd Annual Salute to Women in Sports in New York City. It was definitely a motivation booster. Athletics is a wonderful opportunity for girls and women to learn discipline, teamwork, delayed gratification, conflict resolution, better health, improve self-confidence and great leadership opportunities.
I competed in amateur road bicycle racing for a few years. The discipline, focus, delayed gratification, improved self-confidence, conflict resolution and breaking through perceived limits, have helped me tremendously with launching and growing Champion Mobile Notary through the Great Recession. This road bicycle racing experience continues to help me with my business.
What motivates you?
Here is a link to photos I shot during the event and some sightseeing around New York City.
1. You can view more photos when you click on the folders.
2. If you run your mouse over the photo, the name or names of the person in the photo will show.
3. If you click on the thumbnail, you can view a larger view of the photo.
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