The Tucker Center

Education, Innovation


Phone: 612.625.7327

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Geography: United States

Founded: 1993


1900 University Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Since its inception, the Tucker Center has provided centralization, organization, scientific excellence, and national leadership on issues of great national and local significance. Through its direction and leadership, it encourages researchers, policy makers, educators, parents and practitioners to work together to better the lives of girls and women in ways that go far beyond the playing fields.

The vision and pioneering spirit of Dorothy McNeill Tucker led to the establishment of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota in 1993. The creation of an interdisciplinary research center—devoted solely to girls and women in sport—established standards of excellence with respect to scholarly inquiry, graduate education and community outreach and public service. Housed in the College of Education and Human Development's School of Kinesiology, the Tucker Center is devoted to sponsoring, promoting, and disseminating scholarly activity on how sport impacts the lives of girls and women.

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.