Alexandra (AK) Frazier was presented with the Women in Sports Day Special Recognition Award during a reception at the FS Investments U.S. Open on Wednesday evening.
The award was presented by Karen Dougherty Buchholz, the Senior Vice President for Comcast. Buchholz led the development of Comcast’s Technology Center, which opened earlier this year and is the tallest building in the U.S. not in Chicago or New York. Buchholz is also a squash mother, as her daughter Julia plays for the team at Penn.
A fifth-generation competitive golfer, Frazier launched Women Golfers Give Back in 2003 and is the president of its board of directors. A Philadelphia-based non-profit, Women Golfers Give Back has raised more than $1 million for fifteen local golf programs that promote girls’ golf. Frazier also serves as the Executive Director of the Valentine Foundation, which supports programs building socially equitable outcomes for women and girls. In speaking about Frazier receiving the Special Recognition Award, Buchholz noted how her life has been enriched, enhanced and shaped by sports and how she works to enable other women to have that same experience.
Kevin Klipstein, the president and CEO of US Squash, then spoke about the progress that has been made in women’s squash, but that it was not the time to be complacent; instead, efforts towards creating equity in the squash community–and improving the lifelong experiences of women and girls in the sport–must be constantly supported and reinforced. Klipstein reminded the audience about the famous line by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a 2013 dissent, to being weary about “throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm when you are not getting wet.”