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Champion Women CEO Nancy Hogshead-Makar, J.D., Selected to Receive the  2015 Guiding Woman in Sport Award at National Educators Conference

RESTON, VA, February 3, 2015 –Nancy Hogshead-Makar, J.D., who embodies the pioneering spirit and perseverance to improve opportunities for girls and women in sport, has been selected to receive the 2015 Guiding Woman in Sport Award by SHAPE America –Society of Health and Physical Educators at the Annual Guiding Woman in Sport luncheon on Friday, March 20 in Seattle. The award was established in 1987 and is given in recognition of extraordinary service, leadership, and commitment to girls and women in sport.

A courageous and tireless advocate, Hogshead-Makar epitomizes the central tenets of the Guiding Woman in Sport Award. SHAPE America is proud to add her name to the long list of distinguished recipients which include: Julie Foudy, C. Vivian Stringer, Billie Jean King, Diana Nyad and Robin Roberts.

"SHAPE America is thrilled to honor Nancy for her life-long commitment to access and equality in athletics," says SHAPE America President Dolly Lambdin, Ed.D., of the University of Texas at Austin. "Using sport as a vehicle for social change, Nancy is an internationally recognized legal expert on sports issues, a scholar and an author."

Hogshead-Makar is a former world-class swimmer who won three gold medals and one silver medal at the 1984 Olympics. Since 2014, Hogshead-Makar has served as CEO of Champion Women, a non-profit she founded to advocate for equality, accountability and transparency in sport. The organization's focus areas include sport access and equality, sexual harassment, sexual abuse and assault, employment and pregnancy discrimination, and legal enforcement under Title IX.

Hogshead-Makar has testified in Congress on the topic of gender equality in athletics, written numerous articles on the subject, and discussed civil rights issues as a frequent guest on national news programs. She has also served as an expert witness in Title IX cases and been listed as "one of the most influential people in the history of Title IX" by Sports Illustrated magazine.

A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Hogshead-Makar was a tenured professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, where she taught Torts, Sports Law and Gender Equality in Athletics for 12 years. She also served as co-chair of the American Bar Association Committee on the Rights of Women. During the past 30 years, she has served as president, legal advisor and senior director of advocacy for the Women's Sports Foundation.

For her commitment to athletics, Hogshead-Makar has received numerous awards including the International Olympic Committee's Women and Sport Award for the Americas, the Courage Award from the National Organization for Women, and the Title IX Advocate Award from the Alliance of Women Coaches. She has also been inducted into 11 halls of fame, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame, International Women's Sports Hall of Fame, and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Hall of Fame.


About SHAPE America
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit