CSN Chicago to premiere the one-hour
TOMBOY documentary feature on Monday, March 13 at 9:00 PM CT
CSN to also air an accompanying local “Women in Sports” roundtable special on Wednesday, March 8 at 9:00 PM
TOMBOY videos, interviews, podcasts, symposium highlights, and much more available at CSNChicago.com/TOMBOY
Chicago, IL (March 2, 2017) – To celebrate Women’s History Month in March, CSN Chicago proudly joins NBC Sports'
TOMBOY initiative, a first-of-its-kind, multi-platform documentary project that aims to elevate the conversation about gender in sports told through the voices of many of the world’s most prominent females athletes, broadcasters, and sports executives. The TOMBOY initiative (presented by GEICO) is being celebrated throughout the country on NBC Sports Regional Networks from coast to coast with the airing of a one-hour documentary feature, special locally-produced programs, video interviews, podcasts, symposiums, and much more.
TOMBOY documentary, which features many prominent athletes, sports executives and media members sharing their unique stories and experiences, will premiere on CSN Chicago on Monday, March 13 at 9:00 PM CT. Notable figures appearing in the film include four-time World Cup-champion skier Lindsey Vonn, Little League World Series pitching sensation Mo'ne Davis, Basketball Hall of Famer Ann Meyers-Drysdale, and legendary champion for gender equality/tennis icon Billie Jean King among others. In the last 40 years, the number of females participating in sports has nearly doubled, with two out of every five girls today choosing to play sports, according to the Women’s Sports Foundation. The documentary discusses reasons why some girls aren’t playing sports, as well as increases in awareness and conversation about the participation of women in sports. NOTE: CSN will also re-air the TOMBOY documentary on the following dates/times: 3/17 at 12:30 PM, 3/18 at 4:30 PM, 3/19 at 8:00 PM, 3/22 at 7:00 PM, and 3/31 at 11:00 PM.
In addition, CSN Chicago will be airing a special, locally-produced "Women in Sports" roundtable discussion show on Wednesday, March 8 at 9:00 PM CT. Hosted by CSN anchor/reporter Kelly Crull, this half-hour special features a prominent local panel, including veteran NBC Chicago sports anchor/reporter Peggy Kusinski, Head Coach of Northwestern University’s massively-successful women’s lacrosse team Kelly Amonte Hiller, along with Sami Grisafe, quarterback of the Women's Football Alliance's (WFA) Chicago Force. Among the topics of discussion include how women's roles in sports have evolved over time and if sufficient progress has been made, challenges faced along their respective career paths, how they first became involved in sports, and much more. CSN will re-air its "Women in Sports" local special on the following dates/times: 3/9 at 5:30 PM, 3/10 at 2:30 PM, and 3/11 at 9:00 PM.
Plus -- CSN Chicago will also air a special program featuring focused solely on the legendary Billie Jean King. The half-hour interview show, Billie Jean King: Elevating the Conversation, will debut Thursday, March 9 at 11:00 PM, and will encore Sunday, March 12 at 6:00 PM.
Earlier this week (Monday, February 27), CSN Chicago held a "Women in Sports" symposium at DePaul University’s Student Center, which included a
TOMBOY documentary sneak preview screening & a spirited panel discussion featuring CSN’s Kelly Crull as the symposium’s host/moderator, along with panelists Jean Lenti Ponsetto (DePaul University, Athletics Director), Doug Bruno (DePaul University, Women’s Basketball Head Coach), Susan Goodenow (Chicago Bulls, VP of Marketing & Branding), Peggy Kusinski (NBC Chicago, Sports Anchor/Reporter), and Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars, Forward). As part of the symposium, and in conjunction with the TOMBOY initiative, CSN Chicago VP/GM Phil Bedella presented a $5,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago to be used to purchase sports equipment for children who attend the Club(s).
The donation stems from Comcast NBCUniversal's longstanding partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Comcast NBCUniversal has supported local Boys & Girls Clubs for more than 15 years, providing nearly $125 million in cash and in-kind contributions since 2009 alone. In late 2014, Comcast NBCUniversal announced a five-year agreement with BGCA valued at tens of millions of dollars, making BGCA the company’s largest community partner. At the center of that agreement is a new technology education initiative, called My.Future, which is designed to open the eyes of young people to what’s possible for them to achieve through technology. Highlights from CSN Chicago’s "Women in Sports" symposium at DePaul University can be accessed via the following link: http://www.csnchicago.com/video/tomboy-women-sports-symposium .
TOMBOY content, including original on-camera interviews and career stories, podcasts, documentary trailers, and much more, viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com/TOMBOY. Social media users can also join the conversation and find additional information by utilizing the hashtag #CSNTOMBOY on Twitter and Facebook and by visiting @CSNTOMBOY.