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Playing to Win

Two female athletes running on trackWomen and girls are participating in sports in record numbers, but advocates say there's still a long way to go. Female athletes get far less media coverage, there are few women in positions of power in sport (such as head coach), and boys outnumber girls in participation at all levels, according to data gathered by the U's Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport—the first center of its kind in the world.

Two generous gifts from Heather Burns and Kathleen Maloy, through their Live to Give Charitable Trust Fund, will help the Tucker Center lead the way in changing those inequities.

One of the gifts will support a doctoral student whose academic focus is eliminating gender bias and discrimination in sport. Another fund will provide ongoing support for research and community engagement.

Says professor Mary Jo Kane, director of the Tucker Center, "The generosity of these two amazing women will allow us to attract and support the best students from around the globe to come to the U of M and conduct research that will truly make a difference."