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For over 25 years BWSF has been a national organization that provides youth programming to children and facilitates the development of resources for and about women of color in sports.
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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 >>

Longtime BWSF Friend Nancy Kirby Honored

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Nancy Kirby, a long time friend, advisor and volunteer with BWSF, was honored on February 1, 2014 by the Bryn Mawr College Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers for her longstanding work and commitment to the field. CONGRATS Nancy and thank you for all you do! Check out this NABWS newsletter article to read more about her and this wonderful honor. BWSF President Tina Sloan Green attended the event to support her. 


Next Step Boston Panelist Announced!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The Next Step Women of Color Mini Forum, hosted at Harvard University and supported in part by the NCAA, will take place on Saturday, April 19th, from 10am-2pm, in Boston, MA. Panelists have just been announced! See the list below! Click here to register for the Boston event. 

BWSF is hosting five mini-forums in various cities throughout the east coast as part of it's Next Step Program, thanks to generous funding from our partner the NCAA. Click here for info on the Philadelphia symposium. 


Cheryl Gelzer Alexis
Assistant Director of Athletics, Director of Human Resources Harvard University Athletics

Phyllis Galloway
Former Collegiate Basketball Official and Current Lacrosse Official

Tina Sloan Green
Co-Founder & President of Black Women in Sport Foundation, Faculty Emerita, Temple University

Traci Green
Head Coach Women’s Tennis, Harvard University

Alfreda Harris
Boston Sports Legend, CEO at Legacy Consultants

Branwen Smith-King
Assistant Director of Athletics/Phys. Ed, Tufts University

Lilia Osterloh
Assistant Coach Women’s Tennis, Harvard University

Jessica Wright
Women’s Varsity Soccer Athlete, Harvard University


Next Step Women of Color Mini Forum April 16 Philadelphia

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Interested in becoming a collegiate head coach or athletic administrator?

Then don't miss this interactive event and networking opportunity!

The Black Women in Sport Foundation's Next Step Women of Color Mini Forum, hosted at Temple University and supported in part by the NCAA, will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Ritter Hall, Room 211, located at 1301 Cecil B. Moore from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. This professional development and preparation program is designed to increase the proportion of women of color collegiate head coaches and athletic administrators at 4-year NCAA institutions. We will have a phenomenal panel of local and regional experts to discuss and explore strategies to recruit, inspire, educate and retain women of color in intercollegiate coaching and athletic administration positions. Refreshments will be served. Dress is business casual.

The event is free, but registration is required. Seating is limited. Register online by April 11, 2014.

Click here to register today!

Let their stories and expertise guide you as you take your next step!


Tonya Cardoza
Head Coach, Women’s Basketball, Temple University

Kristen Harris
Assistant Tennis Coach, Drexel University

Lawrence Wells, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Crystal M. Gibbs
PIAA, NCAA & USA Field Hockey Umpire

Shameka Marshall
Assistant Coach, Women's Track and Field, Temple University

Nameka R. Bates, ABD
Doctoral candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kinesiology, Sport Sociology & African American Studies

Margaret Ottley, PhD
Professor of Sport Psychology & Pedagogy, West Chester University

D.C. Pixie Roane
Head Coach, Founder, Wallingford-Swarthmore Panthers Fencing Club

Nikki Franke, PhD
Head Coach, Fencing, Temple University

Stay tuned to our website for information on Next Step in other cities. This year, we will be hosting five mini-forums in various cities throughout the east coast. 

For more info, call 215.877.1925 ext 320 or email us.


Thanks Philadelphia Lacrosse Association!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Thanks Philadelphia Lacrosse Association for your continued support! 


Calling all NYSP Campers!

Friday, February 21, 2014

NYSP Campers: Where are you now?

Did you participate in the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) at Temple University during the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s or early 2000s? If so, you're about to be famous--but first, we need your help.

We are writing a book chapter for a larger project on NYSP history and former participants--why they came to the program; what they remember about their participation; what they did after NYSP; whether they believe NYSP played a role in their lives, and how programs like NYSP can be made more effective in the lives of urban youths.

**If you are a former NYSP participant, please email your (1) your name, (2) email address, (3) phone number, and (4) the year(s) you participated in NYSP at Temple to phillynysp@gmail.com.**

When our NYSP Participants' Survey is available, we will send you the link. After you respond to the survey, we will contact you to be part of individual or group interviews about the NYSP! Then the fame begins!


Thank you,
Tina Sloan Green and Sonja Peterson-Lewis

NYSP Herstory and History Project