Betsy positively impacted all those who crossed her path, and we are all the better for knowing her. To honor her and what she stood for, the ECTC is establishing two awards: The Betsy Smith ECTC Inclusivity Award and the Betsy Smith Small School Grant. This GoFundMe aims to raise $15,000 to sustain both awards for the next several years.
The Betsy Smith ECTC Inclusivity Award
Throughout her life, Betsy passionately promoted the inclusivity, equity, and representation of all groups of people. She served as an undergraduate LGBT Peer Educator and as a graduate member of Women in Science at Yale. As a professor, she introduced a course on the lives and experiences of people throughout history who might be seen as part of the LGBTQ community. On the ECTC Tournament Committee, Betsy was known as a vocal advocate for smaller, less resourced, and less experienced taekwondo teams. Whenever possible, she organized exhibition matches for unmatched players and scheduled matches to allow team members to support each other. She selflessly dedicated herself to creating the best experience for each and every member of the taekwondo community. The ECTC is committed to upholding these values of diversity and inclusion that Betsy exemplified. Starting this season, the ECTC will annually present one student who exemplifies these values with The Betsy Smith ECTC Inclusivity Award which includes a $500 scholarship. Application information will be shared in spring 2022.
The Betsy Smith ECTC Small School Grant
Betsy was always passionate about the inclusiveness of small and new schools in the ECTC, advocating for every athlete to have the opportunity to experience all that the League could offer. The ECTC strives to build a community of student-athletes with a shared passion for taekwondo. Through the establishment of the Betsy Smith ECTC Small School Grant, we aim to bolster the development and engagement of taekwondo student-athletes from small or new schools. This grant aims to help schools new to the League or schools with fewer than 10 club members help cover expenses which include, but are not limited to, club member dues, league dues, uniforms, equipment, etc. The goal of this grant is to help alleviate some of the financial burden in establishing a club and to continue to foster friendships through taekwondo. To apply for this grant, we request schools to fill out this form by October 31. The ECTC board members will review each application and inform schools of their grant amount by the end of October.
Thank you sincerely for considering donating to help honor the life and legacy of Dr. Betsy Smith, her commitment to collegiate taekwondo, and the ECTC's shared value of inclusivity.