Barb Anthony’s Play Gap: Bridging the Gap in Women’s Sports Accessibility Nationwide

NCAA Award Sheds Light on Disparity in Playing Opportunities

Barb Anthony, a former basketball player and current social worker, has dedicated the last six years of her life to building a brand called Play Gap. As a co-founder of Play Gap, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting equity and accessibility in sports for adult women, Anthony has worked tirelessly to create a space where women can easily access sports opportunities in their area.

The organization initially started as Cleveland Women’s Sports and then 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.

Anthony and the other founders of Play Gap have committed their time and effort as volunteers to advance the organization’s mission. With the vision of making women’s sports a more visible and accessible sector, Anthony hopes to transition Play Gap into her full-time job to provide more opportunities for women in sports.

In recognition of her dedication and hard work, the NCAA has honored Barb Anthony as one of its Legends and Legacy Community Award recipients ahead of the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Cleveland. Being recognized by such a prestigious organization 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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