About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to affirm the legal permissibility of separate girls’ and women’s competitive sport teams while including all trans girls and trans women under the girls’ and women’s sports umbrella. We reject both the effort to exclude trans girls and trans women from girls’ and women’s sport and the effort to disadvantage females by forcing them to compete against some trans athletes with male sex-linked physical advantages. There is a middle way.

Meet the Working Group

We are a bi-partisan group of former elite athletes and sports administrators with significant experience in women’s sports policy making and LGBTQ advocacy.

Donna De Varona, OLY

Two-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming. In 1965, UPI and AP voted her outstanding woman athlete in the world after she set 18 world records and fastest times. de Varona was a sports broadcasting pioneer as the youngest and one of the first women to work in the industry. As an Emmy recipient, she used her visibility to advise and advocate for the protection and promotion of Title IX as well as for the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act. As the first President and Chair of the Board of the Women’s Sports Foundation, she helped build the organization into a sustainable, influential entity. She has served on presidential commissions for five U.S. Presidents. Currently, de Varona is a member of the International Olympic Committee Communications Commission, and was recently voted onto the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee Board of Directors.

Martina Navratilova, OLY

Former professional tennis player and coach. In 2005, Tennis magazine selected Navratilova the greatest female tennis player for the years 1975 – 2005. She is considered one of the best female tennis players of all time. Over her career, she won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, for a combined total of 59 major titles, marking the Open Era record for the most Grand Slam titles won by one player, male or female. Coached later in her career by the first trans-woman tennis player, Renée Richards, and long active in LGBTQ rights work and with the women’s tennis tour, Navratilova is particularly well-positioned to contribute to thoughtful policy on the inclusion of trans women/girls in women’s sport.

Donna A Lopiano, Ph.D.

President and founder of Sports Management Resources, LLC, Adjunct Professor of Sports Management, Southern Connecticut State University, former Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Sports Foundation (1992-2007), Director of Women’s Athletics, University of Texas at Austin (1975-1992). President of The Drake Group—an organization focused on academic integrity in college sport. A Title IX sports pioneer, Lopiano specializes in gender equity in the educational and Olympic and elite sports spaces. As an athlete, she participated in 26 national championships in four sports and was a nine-time All-American at four different positions in softball, a sport in which she played on six national championship teams.

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, J.D., OLY

CEO Champion Women, civil rights lawyer, two-time Olympian, three time gold medalist and one silver in swimming, U.S. National Team for eight years, 12 Halls of Fame, including the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall, 20 years of teaching Sports Law and Administration, current Professor at Rutgers University’s Global Sports Business MS Program. Women’s Sports Foundation – President, 1991-1993, Legal Advisor, 2003-2010, Senior Director of Advocacy, 2010-2014.

Tracy Sundlun

CEO, Everything Running, Inc., Founding Board Member, National Scholastic Athletics Foundation. Co-Founder and Director of the National Scholastic (High School) Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field Championships (1984 – Present). Co-Founder, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, at the time the largest running series in the world with over 500,000 participants annually in 29 events in 7 countries (1998 – 2016). Former club and collegiate track coach (including Georgetown, Colorado, USC), including for over 100 men and women in every event from 15 countries who have represented their country in the Olympic Games or other international competitions. Six-time Olympic Coach and Manager (1972 – 2016). Inducted into Running USA Hall of Champions.

Doriane Coleman, J.D.

Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Sports Law & Policy at Duke Law School; Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine at Duke University & School Medicine; former collegiate and Swiss national champion in the 800 meters on the track. She has worked for years in domestic and international arenas on anti-doping policy and rules defining eligibility for the women’s category. Her writing on sex in sport is widely referenced by policymakers considering the hard questions posed by trans and intersex inclusion in girls’ and women’s sport. 

Supporters

Other champion athletes and supporters of the Congressional initiative include:

Willie Banks, OLY, three-time Olympian and former world record holder in the triple jump
Juniper Eastwood, Trail runner, former D1 Track and Cross Country runner, first D1 athlete to compete on a women’s team while openly identifying as transgender
Chris Evert, OLY, seven-time year-ending world No. 1 singles player, eighteen-time Grand Slam singles champion, past President of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), Tennis Hall of Famer
Joanna Harper, former elite marathoner, transgender athlete and researcher
Wendy Hilliard, first Black on US National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team, National & International Gold Medalist, four-time US National Team Coach, USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame
Micki King, OLY, Olympic Gold medalist and ten-time national champion in springboard and platform diving
Edwin Moses, OLY, two-time Olympic gold medalist , two-time World Champion, former world record holder, undefeated in the 400 meter hurdles for 10 years and 107 consecutive races
Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, OLY, Olympic Gold Medalist, two-time Olympian, and eight-time national champion in the 100 meter hurdles
Diana Nyad, one of the greatest ever long-distance swimmers credited with a record setting swim around Manhattan island and being first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage
Renee Richards, tennis player, one of the first professional athletes to identify as transgender
Sanya Richards-Ross, OLY, four-time Olympic medalist, six-time World Champion, ranked #1 in the world in the 400 meters from 2005 to 2009 and in 2012
Sally Roberts, three-time national wrestling champion, 2003 World Cup Champion, 2003 & 2005 World Bronze Medalist and a 2008 Olympic Alternate
Lyn St. James, former Indycar and LeMans racecar driver, first woman to win Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award, and one of Sports Illustrated‘s “Top 100 Women Athletes of the Century”
Pam Shriver, OLY, Olympic gold medalist, winner of over 100 professional singles and doubles championships over 19 years, International Tennis Hall of Fame
Inge Thompson, OLY, ten-time national champion cyclist, three-time Olympian and two-time podium finisher at the Women’s Tour de France
Champion Women, non-profit legal advocacy organization for girls and women in sports; harnessing the power of sport for social justice
The Drake Group, non-profit advocacy organization committed to defending academic integrity and protecting the health and well being of athletes participating in collegiate sport
National Scholastic Athletics Foundation, non-profit organization created to fund competitive opportunities for high school track and field athletes and host the indoor and outdoor high school nationals
Wrestle Like A Girl, non-profit organization empowering girls and women using the sport of wrestling to become leaders in life