Allyson Felix, Olympic gold medalist and world champion, commits to covering childcare costs for mothers at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
“As a mom and an athlete, I know first-hand the obstacles women face in sports,” said Felix.
Recipients of Allyson Felix’s Grant Announced
According to reports, initial recipients are Olympic hammer thrower Gwendolyn Berry and Olympic saber fencer Mariel Zagunis, who will each receive $10K. Other grant winners include Natasha Hastings, Aliphine Tuliamuk (track and field athletes), Kaleo Kanahele Maclay (sitting volleyball), Natalie Schneider (wheelchair basketball), Elana Meyers Taylor (bobsled), Lora Webster (sitting volleyball), and Jamie Whitmore (para-cycling)
Allyson Felix comments on the announcement of her philanthropic acts for fellow Olympic women. Child care is one less stress moms will have to worry about.
“It was important to me and to Athleta that our partnership reflects that I am more than just an athlete. In fact, part of my contract includes provisions for my daughter, Camryn, to join me whenever I am competing. But not everyone has access to this type of support from a partner or sponsor. These grants are about showing the industry that all mom-athletes need this same comprehensive support to be able to participate in their athletic endeavors.”
Changes in Sports Industry
In addition to reaping the benefits of financial support, grant recipients will also participate in roundtable discussions about systemic change across the industry. The meeting will be hosted by WSF and advocacy partners Mother and the National Women’s Law Center.
First and Last Olympics
The Tokyo Olympics will be Allyson Felix’s last Olympic appearance. More importantly, it’s her first time running as a mother. Tune in to track and field during the Tokyo Olympics to see Felix run the 400m and 4x400m relays.
Felix admits that her daughter is her driving force for the games.
“I just wanted to really show her, no matter what, that you do things with character, integrity, and you don’t give up. And to me, whether that was winning, losing, no matter the outcome, I wanted to stay consistent with that,” said Felix. “Having her as motivation through these past couple of years has just given me a whole new drive.”