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    Black Women in Sport Foundation

    Established in 1992, the Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the involvement of black women and girls in all aspects of sport, including athletics, coaching and administration. BWSF’s work, however, is not limited to black women and girls, enrolling girls and boys in programs conducted throughout the city of Philadelphia and surrounding areas. More>>

    BWSF Programs

    Since its inception, the Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF) has offered educational and athletic instruction to girls, with a particular focus on those attending schools located in disenfranchised neighborhoods in the Philadelphia area. While fencing, tennis, lacrosse, golf, soccer and softball are areas of specialization, they are not the only sports utilized in our programs. More>>

    BWSF Sheroes

    Myrtle Leary Thompson Koger - Educator & Lover of Tennis

    Myrtle Leary Thompson Koger, the daughter of the late Annie Mitchell Leary was born May 12, 1926 in Somerset, Pa. At an early age, Myrtle and her younger sister Ramona became a part of Frannie and George William Thompson’s family. Among the youngest of the seven Thompson children, Myrtle loved the great outdoors, and spent hours exploring her beloved Pennsylvania countryside. More >>

    BWSF Inaugural Essay Contest Award Winners Chosen

    Thursday, March 23, 2017



    Black Women in Sport Foundation Inaugural Essay Contest

    Award Winners Chosen:

    Essays focused on the achievements of great women with ties to Philadelphia

    (Philadelphia, PA March, 2017)The Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF) is proud to announce the winners of its Inaugural Essay Contest 2017 for Women’s History Month. The contest was created as an intergenerational history project to continue sharing the rich legacy of African American women achievements with the younger generation.


    The BWSF Essay Contest winners from category 5th to 8th grade are in 1st Place: Kierra Adams, age 12, Northeast Frankford Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia, BWSF DHS OST Middle School Girls Program; 2nd Place: Kennedy Jemison, age 11, Julia R. Masterman School, BWSF Special Events; and 3rd Place: Nyere Walker, age 12, Beverly Hills Middle School, BWSF Special Events. Winners will each receive a gift card. All participants will receive a certificate.


    Honorable mention was given to several young ladies who are all participants in the BWSF Department of Human Services Out-of-School Time Middle School Girls Programs. They are Azariah Carter, age 11, William McKinley School (Norris Square Community Alliance); Kyanne Santiago, age 11, Tanner Duckrey School (EducationWorks); Alaisha Pagan-Sanchez, age 12, McKinley (NSCA); Milan Little, age 9, Duckrey (EducationWorks); and    Yamalitzy Encarnacion, age 12, McKinley (NSCA).


    It took a village to make this contest a success. Parents, siblings, coaches, program coordinators and directors all helped to spread the word and encourage the youth to enter. Winners were selected based upon the scores received from independent judges Linda Carroll-Pitts , Ora Lambright and Jerika Johnstone . The contest was open to participants of BWSF programs and special events. BWSF received entries from youth at the Northeast Frankford Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia; Masterman School, Beverly Hills Middle School, Tanner Duckrey School, McKinley School and SCOP Programs Girls Track and Boys Track. Contestants responded to one of the following questions:

    Question (1) Why should Philadelphia youth and families offer respect and gratitude to these 3 pioneers – Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Delores Andy the Former and First Female Philadelphia Recreation Commissioner?

    Question (2) How did the 3 pioneers, Venus Williams , Serena Williams, and Delores Andy, the Former and First Female Recreation Commissioner, help create a healthier, more fit environment in Philadelphia?


    BWSF congratulates all the winners and thanks all who entered.


    About Black Women in Sport Foundation

    Established in 1992, the Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the involvement of black women and girls in all aspects of sport, including athletics, coaching and administration. To learn more, visit the website: www.blackwomeninsport.org . Twitter: @BWSFandYou Facebook: Facebook.com/BWSFandYou Instagram: @BWSFandYOU

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    BWSF Essay Contest 2017

    Tuesday, February 07, 2017

    BWSF Essay Contest has ended.

    BWSF is conducting an essay contest. All students in grades 5th – 12th participating in BWSF programs are welcome to compete.

    In 300 words or less, on one written 8.5” x 11” page or less, write your answer from one of two essay topics.


    Download the essay contest Application here.

    Download the essay contest rules and topics here.

    Submit all contest applications to: contest@blackwomeninsport.org.


    Follow this link to complete the application and essay online :








    Join the BWSF Board!

    Monday, December 12, 2016

    The Board of Directors of the Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF) is seeking individuals passionate about supporting the advancement of girls and women of color in all aspects of sports. We are looking for new Board Members who believe in our mission and are willing to serve and be actively engaged in their governance role.


    Skills Desired:

    • Budgeting/Auditing
    • Fundraising
    • Critical Thinking
    • Management
    • Sports/Fitness – Coaching Administration
    • General Education
    • Community Partnerships
    • Board Development
    • Human Resources
    • Marketing/Social Media
    • Public Relations
    • Legal


    Requirements & Commitment:

    • Background Check
    • The Board of Directors meets once each month via conference call and actively fundraises and oversees the Foundation’s operations
    • Financial contribution and service required for participation on the Board


    If interested in making a difference with this dynamic organization, please send your resume and all inquiries to Lynnore Thames ( lynnorethames@aol.com) and Tina Sloan Green (tinabwsf@temple.edu).


    Become a BWSF Coach Today!

    Tuesday, December 06, 2016

    BWSF is now Hiring!


    We are seeking to employ Coaches who are athletic, creative, energetic, and love working with children!

    Coaches are needed for morning Pre-K sports (weekdays between 10am-12pm), after school sports (weekdays between 3:30pm-6pm), and Fun Fit Fridays (7am-9:30am). Sports include, but are not limited to, lacrosse, tennis, field hockey, soccer, fencing, and golf.


    Internship and Volunteer opportunities are also available!


    To apply, please send your resume and availability to blackwomeninsport@gmail.com.



    Join the #GivingTuesday Movement on Tuesday, November 29, 2016!

    Wednesday, November 16, 2016

    Last year, over 700,000 people and 40,000 organizations in 71 countries participated in Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

    One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community, and what better place to start than with Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF)? On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, you have the opportunity to support us in a tremendous way, by making a gift using the "Donate" link on the left of our homepage! 

    BWSF serves over one thousand (1,000) youth each year, and it’s critical that we maintain adequate resources to deliver on our promise of providing safe, quality programs. To do so, we rely heavily on in-kind donations and philanthropic organizations dedicated to increasing opportunities for youth in underserved communities, so we urge you to take the next step in supporting the involvement of our young girls and women in sport by supporting BWSF on #GivingTuesday.

    Join our team, and play your part! Make a difference today!
    $25 – Winner
    $75 – Champion
    $250 and up - Trailblazer