Wendy Hilliard has long been a major force in women's sports. She was the first African American to represent the United States and remained on the Rhythmic Gymnastics National Team a record setting nine times; serving twice as National Team Captain. In 2008, Wendy was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. She was a four-time US National Team Coach and coached 1996 Olympian, Aliane Baquerot. Wendy Hilliard was the first African American and gymnast to become the President of the Women’s Sports Foundation. Wendy’s own non–profit organization, the Wendy Hilliard Foundation “WHF”, has provided free gymnastics for over 10,000 inner city youth in NYC since 1996. One of the WHF athletes; Alexis Page is now at Howard University, after achieving National and International Gold medals and travelling the world on the US National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. Ms. Hilliard was the athlete representative for gymnastics to the United States Olympic Committee and served on the Executive Committee of USA Gymnastics for over ten years. Wendy has been a TV commentator for many sports and gymnastics events, including the Olympic Games for NBC Sports. She has performed on numerous television shows and tours with the world’s top gymnasts and also performed on Broadway. Wendy is a Founding Member and Associate Choreographer for ANTIGRAVITY and was Director of Sports for NYC2012. As a member of the NYC2010 Senior Staff, her responsibilities included overseeing all of the sports and athlete issues concerning the bid; including over 2000 Olympians and Paralympians worldwide that supported the bid. Wendy brought several international events to NYC including the Freestyle Wrestling World Championships held at Madison Square Garden, the Archery World Championships, the Fencing World Cup and was the lead in developing the NYC Triathlon which is now a sold out annual event. In 2006, she designed and opened a 15,000 square foot Gymnastics Center for Aviator Sports and Recreation; a multi- million/multi-sport complex in Brooklyn, NY. Wendy currently serves on the boards of the Armory Foundation, Special Olympics Urban Initiative and the NYC Sports Commission. She was a founding member of the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation and Women in Sports and Events, WISE. In 2011 and 2012, Wendy Hilliard was the Director of NYC Go Girl Go! the Women’s Sports Foundations award winning girls program. In 2011, Wendy was awarded the Rings of Gold from the US Olympic Committee for her work helping children develop their Olympic dreams. In 2014, she was recognized as a Master of Sport by USA Gymnastics. Wendy resides in Harlem with her husband, Robert Mensah and sons Kennedy “KC” and Bailey “BJ”.