TSR Positive Images: Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix really shows people that she is a champion on and off the field.
Allyson, who is herself a mother, announced plans to cover childcare costs for mothers attending the Tokyo Olympics. Allyson is working with its main sponsor, Athleta, and the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) to launch The Power of She Fund: Child Care Grants, according to The Grio.
The program will provide $ 200,000 in childcare costs for nine maternal athletes competing in the Summer Olympics.
“As a mother and athlete, I know firsthand the obstacles women face in sport,” said Allyson, six-time Olympic and three-time world champion. “It was important for me and Athleta that our partnership reflected that I am more than just an athlete. In fact, part of my contract stipulates that my daughter Camryn should be present at every competition. But not everyone has access to this type of support from a partner or sponsor. These grants are intended to show the industry that all mom athletes need the same comprehensive support in order to be able to participate in their sporting activities. “
The scholarship holders are the Olympic hammer thrower Gwendolyn Berry and Olympic saber fencer Mariel Zaguniswho will each receive $ 10,000. The other winners are Natasha Hastings, Aliphine Tuliamuk (athletes), Kaleo Kanahele Maclay (sitting volleyball), Natalie Schneider (wheelchair basketball), Elana Meyers Taylor (bob), Lora Webster (Sitting volleyball) and Jamie Whitmore (Paracycling), according to CBS 17.
The grantees will also take part in roundtable discussions on systemic changes across the industry, according to The Grio.
“One of my first races after my daughter Camryn was born was the World Championship,” said Allyson, 35, Fast company. “Not only did I still breastfeed and I was physically and mentally exhausted because I was a mother for the first time during training and competition – I was assigned a roommate for the competition. There was no way I could bring my daughter into a shared room with another athlete who was trying to get into her zone. “
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