After retiring from Olympic competition (94,98,02), Tracy Evans was inspired by her mother’s commitment to international medical work and embarked on a life-changing volunteer trip to Africa. In response to the pervasive inequality she encountered between boys and girls, men and women, Evans founded Kids Play International (KPI) in 2008, with the mission to use sport and the Olympic Values to promote gender equity in communities impacted by genocide. KPI’s vision is to “build a better community with a bigger purpose,” and inspire the next generation to become a more gender equitable society.
2014 Athlete in Excellence Award
2011 Female Athlete Philanthropist of the Year; by United Athletes Foundation
Advisory Board Member for All Sports United.
Working in the rural village of Gatagara, Rwanda, KPI’s gender equity program, Let’s Play Fair (LPF), is rooted in Olympic values and provides girls and boys aged 7-18 a program that uses sport and interactive discussions to shift attitudes, behaviors and gender norms. It is based on an understanding that in order to empower girls, boys must play a meaningful role in the process so both genders understand how each contribute to a healthy community.