Compete congratulates Professor Nancy Hogshead-Makar on receiving the prestigious 2014 Women & Sports Trophy yesterday in Monaco from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). She was presented her award by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah of Kuwait (shown above).
An award-winning swimmer, Hogshead-Makar is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, a member of 12 Halls of Fame and has been ranked by Sports Illustrated as Florida’s 13th greatest athlete overall of the 20th century (third greatest female).
In a press release, Hogshead-Makar shared that “Winning this award from the International Olympic Committee is as meaningful and powerful and heart-touching and as future-giving as the day I touched the wall in 1984 to win a gold medal.”
According to the IOC, Hogshead-Makar is part of a slate of five honorees, “one each from Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.” And then there is one world winner who is recognized annually for instrumental promotion of women and sport activities across a wide spectrum of sports activities and levels.
Hogshead-Makar is a life-long advocate for access and equality in athletics and an internationally recognized legal expert on sports issues. A civil rights attorney with a 13-year career as a law professor, she is the CEO of Champion Women, the former senior director of advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation and is considered one of the most influential people regarding Title IX. Both a scholar and author, Hogshead-Makar is committed to equity, using sport as a vehicle for social change.
According to Hogshead-Makar, “The current system is broken. Champion Women addresses women’s issues specifically in the arena of sports because we believe that sports opportunities are vehicles to improve the lives of women and girls.”
“It’s a little wonky, the work we do,” she continued. “… there aren’t any existing entities focused strictly on this intersection. We’re taking a strategic, data-based approach to identifying and remedying these issues through advocacy, accountability and transparency.”
Champion Women, founded by Hogshead-Makar, engages its audience through its website, championwomen.org, to lead targeted efforts centered on issues of sport access and equality, sexual harassment, sexual abuse and assault, employment and pregnancy and legal enforcement under Title IX.
Hogshead-Makar and her husband Scott, an appellate judge on Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, have a son and twin daughters.
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