Female Athletes Rock also known as FAR was founded in 2013 by former collegiate athlete Jazmine Highsmith. After attending a celebrity basketball game where one of her female friends (a former collegiate athlete and LFL player) was asked to play alongside the guys. She noticed that her uniform shorts didn’t match her jersey. And when asked about them her friend told her how they wanted her to play in tights and she refused to, so she wore a pair of basketball shorts that she owned. After having this conversation Jazmine began to think about all the ways female athletes are given the short end of the stick when it comes to being credited as an athlete. So in the note section of her phone, she began to jot down some ideas and reasons why female athletes should be recognized not for their physical features but for their athletic ability and from this FAR was born. Jazmine’s purpose for creating FAR was to empower and celebrate female athletes at every level and in every sport.
Female athletes didn’t receive the same opportunities that male athletes did prior to 1972. In 1972 Title IX was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. What did this mean for female athletes? Title IX meant that female athletes would have equal opportunities to participate in sports that were funded by the government. Title IX prohibited sex discrimination in any educational program or activity receiving any type of federal financial aid. Title IX created opportunities for women in interscholastic athletics and in collegiate athletics. But that was only half of the job. The fight continues for female athletes as the strive to be recognized as an athlete; a person who is trained or skilled in exercise, sports, or games requiring physical strength, ability, or stamina.
Not only are female athletes fighting to be recognized as athletes these women are also fighting for equality in pay, equality in facilities, and fighting to gain respect. In other situations, the female athlete is exploited in the media and becomes a sex symbol. This then overshadows the other facets that make up the female athlete. This is why FAR was created to celebrate female athletes for their contributions to sports, empower female athletes, women, and young girls to lead healthy & productive lives while making healthy & positive decisions and to destroy that box that society places the female athlete in.