Scott Pioli, assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons, three-time Super Bowl champion and five-time NFL Executive of the Year Award winner, recently announced the creation of an endowment fund in collaboration with the Women's Sports Foundation, where he is a new member of the organization’s Board of Trustees.
The Scott Pioli & Family Fund for Women Football Coaches and Scouts seeks to help aspiring female football coaches and scouts pursue and advance careers in collegiate and professional football in the U.S. by providing $2,000-10,000 grants for development, education, training and other job-related expenses.
Passionate about equality in education and sports, Pioli is a board member for several other nonprofit foundations too, including the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), The Women's Intersport Network for Kansas City (WIN for KC), the Black College Football of Fame and College for Every Student (CFES).
“My family and I chose to partner with the Women's Sports Foundation on this new initiative because of its commitment to equality and expertise in closing the gender gap,” Pioli stated. “And we were inspired by [WSF founder] Billie Jean King's vision to see women and men advancing together in all areas of sports.”
Tennis legend Billie Jean King founded the Women's Sports Foundation in 1974 to expand opportunities for women and girls to access sports and fitness at all levels. Since its inception, the foundation has positively impacted the lives of more than 3 million youth, high school and collegiate student-athletes through relationships with over 1,000 elite female athletes around the world.
Women have made notable progress in football leadership roles over the past few years, with Collette Smith becoming the first female African American NFL coach in 2017 — joining the league's other three female coaches, Kathryn Smith, Jen Welter, and San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant Katie Sowers. Sowers also sits on the Fund’s selection committee alongside two-time USA Women's Football National Team member and co-founder of the Women's National Football Conference (WNFC), Odessa Jenkins.
Donors who wish to help women advance careers in college and professional football can contribute directly to The Scott Pioli and Family Fund for Women Football Coaches and Scouts.