Barb Anthony’s Play Gap Makes Women’s Sports More Accessible with NCAA Recognition.

NCAA Award Sheds Light on Disparity in Playing Opportunities

As a former basketball player and current social worker, Barb Anthony has spent the last six years building a brand called Play Gap. 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. They work tirelessly to create a space where women can easily access sports opportunities in their area. 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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