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Tucker Center receives major gifts to support gender equity scholarship, education, and outreach

The School of Kinesiology's Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport has received two generous and substantial gifts to support a doctoral fellowship and a research and education fund for innovative scholarship related to gender equity in sport.

Heather Burns and Kathleen Maloy have established the Tucker Center Doctoral Fellowship for Gender Equity in Sport and the Tucker Center Research Fund for Gender Equity in Sport. The fellowship will support a Tucker Center doctoral student whose academic focus is dedicated to identifying and eliminating gender bias and discrimination in sport and physical activity. The research fund will provide ongoing support for scholarly activity and educational/outreach initiatives.

Burns and Maloy have long admired the ground-breaking work of the Tucker Center. Their desire to support the Tucker Center's efforts stems from their work through Live to Give Charitable Trust Fund, as well as their commitment to and passion for gender equity in sport. "Live to Give makes strategic and catalytic gifts to promote social justice, equity, and human rights with a particular focus on girls and women," says Burns. "Kathleen and I believe that gender equity in sport can catalyze gender equity in other socioeconomic and political arenas."

Professor Mary Jo Kane, director of the Tucker Center, says, "I am overwhelmed by the generosity of these two amazing women. Their gifts will allow us to attract and support the 'best and the brightest' students from around the globe to come to the U of M and conduct research that will truly make a difference. Their investment will create new opportunities for discovery and will allow those of us who work in the Tucker Center to have an impact in the broader society around issues involving gender equity in sport."

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