Angela Ruggiero



Angela Ruggiero Named President-Elect, Women’s Sports Foundation

Ice Hockey Olympian Angela Ruggiero Elected to Key Leadership Seat;
Set to Succeed Current President Laila Ali in 2013

The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) announced today the appointment of a new President-Elect and four new members to the Board of Trustees. Olympic gold medalist Angela Ruggiero, Ice Hockey, has assumed the role of president-elect and will continue serving on the Board of Trustees to provide leadership and visibility for the organization’s mission. Ruggiero will succeed current WSF President Laila Ali in 2013.

As president-elect, Ruggiero will serve a two-year term as an official spokesperson for the Foundation and will help shape strategic direction and development initiatives for the organization.

“The Women’s Sports Foundation holds a unique position in developing  opportunities for girls and women of all abilities to be active whether recreationally or competitively, and I’m excited to help lead the organization to impact even more lives,” expressed Ruggiero, who joined the Women’s Sports Foundation Board of Trustees in January 2010. “It is an honor to continue to build the legacy created by Billie Jean King and all of our leaders. As president-elect, I look forward to working with Laila Ali to fulfill her vision as president and to carrying the torch forward for all of our athletes who cross all abilities.”

WSF is also proud to announce that Jean Afterman, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager, New York Yankees, Terri D. Austin, Chief Diversity Officer, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Tamika Catchings, WNBA MVP and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Basketball, and Larry Scott, Commissioner, Pac-12 Conference, have been appointed to serve on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, effective immediately.

The foundation’s Board of Trustees includes champion athletes, prominent business leaders, major benefactors and principals of women’s sports organizations. The four newly inducted members will collaborate with the existing Board, bringing their collective experience and dynamic leadership to facilitate the exemplary operation of the organization, assist in the acquisition of financial and human resources and oversee the accomplishment of the Foundation goals and objectives.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome such inspirational athletes and business leaders to the Women’s Sports Foundation Board of Trustees,” said Kathryn Olson, Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation.  “Their diverse expertise and leadership strengths will be a great complement to our Trustees who are among the best in their fields. And we couldn’t be happier to rely on Angela’s own leadership in sports and business as she assumes her new role as president-elect.”

Angela Ruggiero, President-Elect, Olympic gold medalist, Ice Hockey

Ruggiero, a four-time Olympian and four-time world champion, is the most decorated player in the history of the USA Women’s Ice Hockey Team, earning a gold (1998), two silver (2010, 2002), one bronze (2006) and receiving the Top Defenseman Award at the 2002 and 2006 Olympics. Ruggiero was elected in 2010 to the International Olympic Committee, where she serves on the 2018 Evaluation and Coordination, the Entourage, and Athlete’s Commissions. She is a member of the WADA Foundation Board and the USOC Board of Directors. At Harvard University, Ruggiero was a four-time First Team All-American, Academic All-American, and a National Champion. Ruggiero is the first woman to play a non-goalie position during a men’s professional hockey game in North America. In addition to her work with the Women’s Sports Foundation, Ruggiero is the founder of a girls’ hockey school dedicated to teaching young women about ice hockey.

For a complete list of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, please visit:

About Women’s Sports Foundation
The Women’s Sports Foundation, founded in 1974, is the leader in promoting sports, health and education for girls and women.  With Billie Jean King as its founder and ongoing visionary, the Women’s Sports Foundation continues to have a profound impact on female athletics, from its vigorous advocacy of Title IX legislation to providing grants and scholarships, grassroots programs for underserved girls, and groundbreaking research.  An agent for change, the foundation has relationships with more than 1,000 of the world’s elite female athletes and is recognized globally for its leadership, vision, strength, expertise and influence.  For more information, visit

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