PODCAST: S5:EP11 – Nancy Hogshead-Makar, CEO of ChampionWomen

Join us for S5:EP11 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Nancy Hogshead-Makar, CEO of ChampionWomen sits down with our host Roy Kessel to share how sport can be used as a vehicle to provide creative and accessible solutions to some of society’s biggest issues!

Nancy serves as the CEO of ChampionWomen. She was born in Iowa City, Iowa where then her family moved to Florida shortly after. When she was 11, her family moved to Jacksonville, Florida and by age 12 she had already qualified for US Senior Nationals and held the national age-group record for the 200 individual medley. Duke University offered Nancy its’ first ever swimming scholarship where she would be a four-time ACC Champion and a two-time All-American.

She has been a life-long advocate of access and equality of sports throughout her career. She received her law degree from Georgetown Law and is an honors graduate of Duke University. Sports Illustrated named Nancy as one of the most influential people in the history of Title IX. In 2012 she was awarded the “Title IX Advocate Award” from the Alliance of Women Coaches. In 2014 she was awarded the “Babe Didrikson Zaharias” Award. Throughout her career she has testified against Congress numerous times on the topic of gender equity in sports and has been a frequent guest of multiple programs such as 60Minutes, FOX News, CNN, ESPN, NPR, and many other programs. She was a world-class swimmer who capped off her very decorated career in the 1984 Olympics winning three gold medals and one silver medal for Team USA. 

ChampionWomen is a non-profit organization that provides legal advocacy for girls and women in sports. It was founded in 2014 by Nancy Hogshead-Makar who furthermore wanted to advocate for gender equality in sports for girls and women. ChampionWomen is led by a Board of Directors consisting of champion female athletes, prominent businesspersons, major benefactors, and leaders of women’s sport organizations.Through the harnessing of power through sport and social justice, ChampionWomen has been powered by individual and corporate contributions to which has led the fight for leveling the playing field for girls and women in sports.

Nancy Hogshead-Makar joins our host Roy Kessel on S5:EP11 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:45 Nancy’s Childhood
  • 01:50 Nancy’s Swimming Journey
  • 07:10 Beginning of Nancy’s Legal and Civil Career for Equity in Sports
  • 13:10 Title IX
  • 17:45 Women’s Inequality in Sports
  • 22:30 How to Support Nancy and ChampionWomen
  • 26:30 Women in High School Sports versus College Sports
  • 28:40 NIL Effect on Women’s Sports
  • 30:10 ChampionWomen’s Message on Sexual Abuse in College
  • 38:45 Closing


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