About Us


Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative mobilizes the women’s sports community to engage, inspire, and empower girls in under-resourced neighborhoods and children with disabilities.


Generations of women leaders empowered by early access to sports.

What We Do

BAWSI provides powerful interventions for the most vulnerable children in our communities in the form of ACCESS©. Our programs focus on proven factors that help increase resiliency in children living with adversity.

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Resiliency means bouncing back from adversity.

Our Core Values

While the work we do is incredibly important, we believe how we work is equally important. These values shape our culture, our teams, and our environment, and remind us of our BAWSI-est behaviors.

Servant Leadership

“A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong.”
Robert K Greenleaf

Paying it Forward

repaying what one has received to the future benefit of someone else


genuine, sincere


a state of active, open attention on the present


honesty, honor


working together so the joint project is richer and fuller than individually possible


zeal and passion with devotion


filled with high spirit and fun

Gratitude for every opportunity

thankful and appreciative in finding the gift in each situation

BAWSI DEI Statement

On our BAWSI team, everyone plays and everyone belongs.

On our playgrounds:

• We respect our teammates
• We listen to and learn from each other
• We empower each other with our words of the week

As a staff:

• We center our work around BAWSI Core Values
• We listen to and learn from our community
• We support our community beyond the playgrounds

As a Board:

• We deliberately build our Board with diverse perspectives, talents, and life experiences
• We dedicate 3 Board seats to community members
• We learn together through our annual book club on relevant topics for the children we serve

With our volunteers:

• We create opportunities for high school and collegiate athletes to serve in local neighborhoods
• We encourage our volunteers to use their platform as athletes to promote equity
• We promote understanding and respect for differences

BAWSI Videos

Power of Sport Video

Moments That Matter

Life as a BAWSI Coach

BAWSI Trophy Case

We have been honored by:

  • International Olympic Committee
  • San Jose City Council (4x)
  • The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness
  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
  • Santa Clara County Department of Education
  • YMCA