Empowering Women’s Sports: The Journey of Play Gap and its Founder Barb Anthony

NCAA Award Sheds Light on Disparity in Playing Opportunities

For the past six years, Barb Anthony has been working tirelessly to promote equity and accessibility in sports for adult women through her nonprofit organization, Play Gap. As a former basketball player and current social worker, Anthony has spent countless hours building the brand and creating a space where women can easily find sports opportunities in their area.

The organization started as Cleveland Women’s Sports before evolving into the Northeast Ohio Women’s Sports Alliance. However, Anthony soon realized that the gap in women’s sports was not limited to northeast Ohio alone. This led to the decision to rebrand the organization as Play Gap with a goal to reach a wider audience beyond the local region.

Anthony and her team of volunteers have dedicated their time and effort towards advancing Play Gap’s mission. With the vision of making women’s sports more visible and accessible, Anthony hopes to transition Play Gap into her full-time job to provide even more opportunities for women in sports.

Recognizing Anthony’s dedication and hard work, the NCAA has honored her as one of its Legends and Legacy Community Award recipients ahead of the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Cleveland. This recognition has provided Anthony and Play Gap with a platform to promote their cause and expand their reach far beyond northeast Ohio.

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