University of Minnesota

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport is an interdisciplinary research center leading a global effort to accelerate change for girls and women in sport and physical activity and their families and communities.

The Tucker Center has three equal and interrelated goals:

Collaborative research: Our affiliated scholars work as interdisciplinary research teams focused on cutting-edge issues, challenges, and opportunities within sports contexts.

Research that counts: We focus on scholarship that directly impacts the physical activity experience of and for girls and women. Our research examines how sport and physical activity improve girls’ and women’ psycho-social and physical health throughout their lives—promoting girls’ self-confidence, preventing eating disorders, or helping women stay healthy as they age.

Education: Community outreach, civic engagement, and mentoring students are important components of the Tucker Center. We sponsor a Distinguished Lecture Series in which nationally recognized scholars and educators share their findings and insights with policymakers, students, and families. We also serve as a resource center for private and public organizations, educational institutions, media outlets, and the general public.

The Tucker Center is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to our programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation. You can also be a part of the Tucker Team. We welcome your questions or comments and any ideas you may have. If you have comments or want to be included on our mailing list and receive paper copy of our newsletter or other documents as well as notices of events, please send your name and address information to