New York, N.Y, July 14, 2016 – 2016 U.S. synchro silver medalist and trampoline bronze medalist Clare Johnson of Huntsville, Ala./Matrix Gym Inc, was among the 30 athletes and three teams awarded financial support through the 2016 Women’s Sports Foundation Travel and Training fund. Johnson was the 2015 U.S. trampoline champion and represented Team USA at the 2014 and 2015 World Championships.
Established in 1984, the Fund addresses the lack of funding for women in sports and, by reducing financial obstacles, helps put training and competitive goals within reach for aspiring champions.
Travel & Training grants, ranging from $2,500 to $10,000, help female athletes to offset expenses involved with coaching, specialized training, equipment, athletic attire and travel. Just as important, the opportunity to compete and attain the highest achievement in their sport, prepares these women for leadership roles now and in the future.
Since 1984, the WSF has awarded more 1,400 Travel & Training Fund grants and $1.8 million to individual athletes and teams, many of whom went on to capture national titles, world championships, and Olympic and Paralympic medals. Past recipients include figure skater Michelle Kwan, bobsledder Elana Meyers, swimmer Mallory Weggemann, gymnast Gabby Douglas, the USA Women’s National Water Polo Team and USA Boxing Women’s National Team.
The Women’s Sports Foundation, the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports – is dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring girls access to sports. Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, our work shapes public attitude about women’s sports and athletes, builds capacities for organizations that get girls active, ensures equal opportunities for girls and women, and supports physically and emotionally healthy lifestyles. The Women’s Sports Foundation has relationships with more than 1,000 of the world’s elite female athletes and is recognized globally for its leadership, vision, expertise and influence. For more information visit http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/. Follow the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.