Steward Named Recipient of 2009 Wilma Rudolph Courage Award

Steward Named Recipient of 2009 Wilma Rudolph Courage Award

Tiffara Steward Named Recipient of 2009 Wilma Rudolph Courage Award

- Tiffara will receive her award from the Women's Sports Foundation on October 13th -

Senior Tiffara Steward (Elmont, N.Y.) was recently named the recipient of the Women's Sports Foundation's 2009 Wilma Rudolph Courage Award. Tiffara will be presented with her award in October at the Annual Salute to Women in Sports at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

On Tuesday, October 13, Mary Carillo and Bob Costas will host one of the largest nights in Women's Sports. For 30 years, the Women's Sports Foundation has celebrated those athletes who've open doors for girls following in their footsteps. The dinner will feature special honorees Annika Sorenstam, legendary golfer and philanthropist; Dick Ebersol, Chairman of NBC Universal Sports & Olympics; and Pat Summitt, head women's basketball coach at the University of Tennessee and NCAA all-time winningest coach, for this spectacular evening.

The Wilma Rudolph Courage Award is presented to a female athlete who exhibits extraordinary courage in her athletic performance, demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity, makes significant contributions to sports and serves as an inspiration and role model to those who face challenges, overcomes them and strives for success at all levels. This award was first given in 1996 to Jackie Joyner-Kersee. 

Past Winners
Patience Knight - 2008
2006-07 Rutgers Women's Basketball Team- 2007
Jean Driscoll - 2006
Yuliana Perez - 2005
Julie Krone - 2004
Kelly Sutton - 2003
Candace Cable - 2002
Michelle Akers - 2001
Martina Navratilova - 2000
Gail Devers - 1999
Willye White - 1998
Silken Laumann - 1997
Jackie Joyner-Kersee - 1996

About the Women's Sports Foundation

The Women’s Sports Foundation—the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports—advocates for equality, educates the public, conducts research and offers grants to promote sports and physical activity for girls and women.

Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, the Women’s Sports Foundation builds on her legacy as a champion athlete, advocate of social justice and agent of change. We strive for gender equity and fight discrimination in sports.

Our work shapes public attitude about women’s sports and athletes, builds capacities for organizations that get girls active, provides equal opportunities for girls and women, and supports physically and emotionally healthy lifestyles.

The Women’s Sports Foundation is recognized worldwide for its leadership, vision, strength, expertise and influence. For more information, please call the Women’s Sports Foundation at 800.227.3988.