ITF launches ‘Empowering Female Leaders’ programme with support from the Foundation for Global Sports Development
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) today announced the launch of a new programme, ‘Empowering Female Leaders’, to improve
gender equality in leadership positions within tennis on a worldwide basis through a variety of
The initiative will be supported for the next three years by the Foundation for Global Sports
Development (GSD), which has provided the ITF with a grant of $375,000 to fund workshops,
education courses and professional development for women in sport. This is in line with the ITF2024
strategy whose key priorities include upholding the highest levels of governance, and the increase in
development funding to grow tennis around the world.
The ITF and GSD’s goal is to elevate more women to leadership positions within tennis across all
regions. The opportunities will cover a broad range of stakeholders, such as administrators, coaches,
officials and volunteers.
Each year, the ITF will provide funding for at least one female delegate from each region to attend the
ITF’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference. The 2018 ITF Conference and AGM will take
place in August in Orlando, Florida.
The announcement of the ‘Empowering Female Leaders’ programme follows the creation of the ITF’s
Women in Sport Committee in December 2017. The committee, chaired by USTA President and ITF
Vice President Katrina Adams, will advise and make recommendations to the ITF Board of Directors
on ways of promoting equal opportunities for girls and women to participate in tennis and the
leadership of the sport.
ITF President David Haggerty said: “The ITF is proud to be leading initiatives to ensure that equal
opportunities for women in sport, and particularly tennis, are no longer difficult to come by. I am
confident that the ‘Empowering Female Leaders’ programme will deliver a better future our sport
through improved diversity of skills and perspectives at the leadership level. I look forward to seeing
many of these female participants exhibit their leadership skills nationally, regionally and
internationally in the coming months and years. I would also like to thank GSD for their important
contribution to this very important initiative.”
GSD executive board member Dr. Steven Ungerleider said: “By supporting the ITF and the
‘Empowering Female Leaders’ programme, we believe we are encouraging future generations of
young women to participate in sport and take on active leadership roles.”
Fellow board member David Ulich added: “We know that gender equity ensures that everyone can
experience the benefits and joys of sport. Training sessions and networking opportunities are critical
to building the next group of female leaders in sport.”
More information about the programme will be released in due course.
About Global Sports Development
Working closely with international sports federations, generous donors and committed athletes, The
Foundation for Global Sports Development promotes sportsmanship, education, fair play and ethics
among the world’s youth. The Foundation gives special emphasis to groups and communities that are
most in need or most underserved by current programs, including women, minorities and youth. Visit
www.globalsportsdevelopment.org to learn more.