Parker, Franklin, Clark and Holloway Among Finalists for Women’s Sports Foundation Honor This October
NEW YORK, N.Y. (August 12, 2013) – The Women's Sports Foundation’s 34th Annual Salute to Women in Sports will celebrate the incredible achievements of the top female athletes and leaders in sport on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Star athletes, corporate and industry leaders, sports organizations, celebrities and journalists will come together on October 16 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City for the unveiling of the 2013 award winners.
An impressive group of elite athlete finalists, representing 14 sports, will contend for the evening’s top honors – Sportswoman of the Year – in Individual and Team categories. Each year, the Women's Sports Foundation recognizes these women for their exceptional performances as members of a team and as individual competitors.
The finalists on the 2013 Sportswoman of the Year Award ballot have distinguished themselves from the field by their record-breaking, historic, and simply amazing athletic performances between August 13, 2012 and July 31, 2013. Nominations for the Sportswoman of the Year awards – Individual and Team – are made by sport governing bodies and the public. Sportswoman of the Year finalists will be voted on by the Foundation’s Awards Committee and the public beginning on August 12, through 11:59 p.m. ET on September 9, 2013.
Sportswoman of the Year honorees will be announced during the 34th Annual Salute to Women in Sports awards gala, as well as this year’s recipients of the Billie Jean King Contribution Award and Wilma Rudolph Courage Award.
Be a part of history and cast your vote for the Sportswoman of the Year awards online at wspr.tc/VoteSOY2013 or www.womenssportsfoundation.org/home/programs/awards.
2013 Finalists for Sportswoman of the Year
• Mao Asada, Figure Skating
• Kelly Clark, Snowboarding
• Missy Franklin, Swimming
• Tina Maze, Alpine Skiing
• Tatyana McFadden, Paralympic Track & Field
• Inbee Park, Golf
• Jenn Suhr, Track & Field
• Serena Williams, Tennis
• Talita da Rocha Antunes & Taiana Lima, Beach Volleyball
• Katie Holloway, Sitting Volleyball
• Kaillie Humphries & Chelsea Valois, Bobsled
• Amanda Kessel, Ice Hockey
• Candace Parker, Basketball
• Melissa Seidemann, Water Polo
Past Sportswoman of the Year recipients include: (Individual) Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas, Gymnastics; Yani Tseng, Golf; Yuna Kim, Figure skating; Erin Popovich, Paralympic Swimming; Martina Navratilova, Tennis, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Track & Field; (Team) Alex Morgan, Soccer; Abby Wambach, Soccer; Jessica Mendoza, Softball; Misty May & Kerri Walsh, Beach Volleyball; Lisa Leslie, Basketball, and Serena & Venus Williams, Tennis.
For more information on how to purchase a gala table or tickets, please contact Shari Levitz at SLevitz@WomensSportsFoundation.org or visit www.WomensSportsFoundation.org/AnnualSalute
Also, join the Women’s Sports Foundation fundraising effort on CrowdRise.com/WSFVIPFanPassChallenge for an opportunity to attend the 34th Annual Salute, meet the 2013 award recipients, and win exclusive women’s sports experiences and memorabilia.
About Women’s Sports Foundation
The Women’s Sports Foundation, founded in 1974, is the leader in promoting sports, health and education for girls and women. With Billie Jean King as its founder and ongoing visionary, the Women’s Sports Foundation continues to have a profound impact on female athletics, from its vigorous advocacy of Title IX legislation to providing grants and scholarships, grassroots programs for underserved girls, and groundbreaking research. An agent for change, the foundation has relationships with more than 1,000 of the world’s elite female athletes and is recognized globally for its leadership, vision, strength, expertise and influence. For more information, visit www.WomensSportsFoundation.org. Follow the Foundation at www.Facebook.com/WomensSportsFoundation or on Twitter (@WomensSportsFdn).