The Sporting Woman Community Fund has grown from many requests over the years to provide material support and funding for the many endeavors women and girls have chosen to enrich their lives. We want to help women and girls get out and do something athletic, stretching themselves beyond what they ever imagined possible.
The mission of The Sporting Woman Community Fund is to provide financial and experiential support to women and girls who wish to participate in life changing dreams through sports or nature.
Since 2003, as part of our Athletic Supporter program, we have given away over $50,000 to women and girls in our community because we believe in the power of their dreams. Most recently, we have subsidized club fees for a young volleyball player who is “big believer of energy and attitude reflecting the way you play” and for whom “volleyball has positively impacted the way I live day to day. I tackle my school work with a positive attitude and participate in as many things so I can get more experience in fields I want to pursue in college.” We hope the extra volleyball experience and exposure through her competitive club team pays off in college scholarship offers. We supported after school enrichment and dance-based physical education programs for elementary and middle schoolers filling a need described by the Director of Development and Communications of Wyatt Academy, “there are no dance studios on this side of town, never mind that most of our families don’t have the extra household funds to provide this opportunity for their children.” We funded ice time for a future skeleton champion who is currently training at the Utah Olympic Park. We will be watching for her in PyeongChang!
In years past, we have funded barrel racers and budding ice hockey players. We have supported high school tennis champions and karate athletes. We have co-sponsored Camp Discovery, for women living with disabilities, and athletes hoping to compete in the London Paralympic games. There are young women who have experienced mountain bike racing for the first time and others, whose dreams of shooting hoops, have been fulfilled through the support of The Sporting Woman Community Fund. We feel a great deal of pride about providing financial support to a woman challenging herself to take it to the next level in figure skating, and to offer mountaineering boots to another woman in her successful quest to summit Mt. Rainier.
In 2013, the Fund developed a curriculum called the Outside INitiative to encourage women underserved by the resources in our community to partner with Nature and learn about themselves from the outside in. Since then, we have hosted multiple experiential retreats in partnership with other local organizations also dedicated to the well being of women and girls.