Empowering Women through Sports: Barb Anthony and Play Gap’s Journey to National Recognition

NCAA Award Sheds Light on Disparity in Playing Opportunities

For the past six years, Barb Anthony has worked tirelessly as a social worker and former basketball player to build a brand called Play Gap. As the co-founder of this nonprofit organization, she has been committed to promoting equity and accessibility in sports for adult women.

Initially known as Cleveland Women’s Sports, Play Gap later evolved 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.

The founders of Play Gap have dedicated their time and effort as volunteers to advance the organization’s mission. They are determined to make women’s sports more visible and accessible for all women, no matter where they live. With this vision in mind, Anthony hopes to transition Play Gap into her full-time job so that she can provide even more opportunities for women in sports.

Recognizing her dedication and hard work, the NCAA honored Barb Anthony 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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