We Just Want To Make You Aware…
This has been an amazing two weeks for women’s sports. In case you may have missed some of the achievements, let us run them down for you:
First there was the outstanding play of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team in winning the 2015 Women’s World Cup soccer tournament in Canada. They prevailed by making it through the “Group of Death” and getting revenge on their nemesis, Japan in the final game! FIFA reported record attendance and TV ratings from the month long event. The Fox TV network shattered records in the U.S. making the World Cup final the most-watched telecast ever (male or female). Canada, France, England, Japan, Australia, Brazil, China, South Korea and Norway also broke TV records! Now FIFA has to work on getting the women’s tournament compensation on par with the men!
The same day the soccer team beat Japan in their World Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Softball Team also beat Japan to win the World Cup of Softball. This victory marked the eighth time Team USA was crowned World Cup Champions since it began just ten years ago. Let’s all just hope softball makes its Olympic return at the 2020 Tokyo games!
Next we have Serena Williams’ mind-blowing march through one of the most difficult tennis draws possible to claim the ultimate prize. She won the Wimbledon Championship that was wrapped within the Serena Slam, (U.S. Open, Australian Open, French Open). The next challenge of winning the Grand Slam comes in a few weeks in New York at the U.S. Open. A win here would mark the first calendar year Grand Slam since Steffi Graf accomplished the feat in 1988.. She would also tie Graf for the lead in Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era at 22!
Then there’s our friend Renee Powell. She was invited to become one of the first seven female members of the Royal and ancient Golf Club in St Andrews, known as the home of golf. The extraordinary thing about her invitation is that, as an African American player, she was subjected to discrimination and all sorts of prejudice behavior while she was on the LPGA tour (1967-1980). But next week she will be honored at a luncheon at the prestigious golf club before the beginning of the British Open. She has come a long way from being made to enter a club through the kitchen in order to play in a tournament!
And what can we say about Becky Hammon? The ground that she broke by becoming the first female head coach of the NBA summer league team, is just as impressive and inspirational as the athletic feats of Serena and the World Cup champions. In Becky’s case, it’s interesting to note that it isn’t an athletic feat that we celebrate, but the fulfillment of a dream!
Lastly, Team USA won the gold medal in basketball at the World University Games. These girls were filled with pride to represent the U.S. and bring home the gold! Their future in the sport is assured!
Sometimes we forget about the talented women who are doing extraordinary things in different sports, not just the ones we know and those that are always being featured in the news. We will try to expand your awareness about these women and their achievements.