Donna de Varona
Donna was the youngest swimmer to compete in the 1960 Olympics at just 13 years old. She set 18 swimming records, retiring shortly after the 1964 Olympics. Although she had Olympic success Donna was unable to obtain a collegiate scholarship because they were not available for female athletes. This led her to become a strong advocate for Title IX of the Equal Education Amendments Act which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational institution receiving Federal funding. Donna was the first female sportscaster in the United States, as well as helping to establish the Women’s Sports Foundation.