Allyson Felix creates the Power of She Foundation
Allyson Felix has decided to partner with her sponsor Athleta and the Women's Sports Foundation to create the Power of She Fund: Child Care Grants. The program has committed $200,000 to help fund child care costs for athletic mothers while they are traveling to competitions.
The cause for the foundation is a personal one for Felix, who has previously dealt with not having support from sponsors as a new mom. She had concerns with balancing work, life, and being a mother so she wanted to make that issue easier for other moms.
"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," Felix said in a release last week. "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."
So far nine athletes have been named grant recipients and six of those athletes are heading to Tokyo. Each of the mothers will be receiving $10,000. They are Gwendolyn Berry: Track & Field, Natasha Hastings: Track & Field, Kaleo Kanahele Maclay: Sitting Volleyball, Natalie Schneider: Wheelchair Basketball, Elana Meyers Taylor: Bobsled, Aliphine Tuliamukc: Track & Field, Lora Webster: Sitting Volleyball, Jamie Whitmore: Paracycling and Mariel Zagunis: Fencing.
Grant recipients will also participate in round table discussions about creating systemic change when it comes to supporting mothers who are competing.