NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Board of Trustees of the Women's Sports Foundation today announced the appointment of Dr. Deborah Antoine as the organization's next chief executive officer. Dr. Antoine will succeed Deborah Slaner Larkin, who is stepping down as the Foundation's current CEO, as of Jan. 3, 2017. "The Board and the entire organization are energized and encouraged with the leadership Deborah Antoine is bringing to our Foundation," said Billie Jean King, WSF Founder and Honorary Board Chair. "Deborah is an individual whose guidance, vision and life of service to the community illuminate the mission of our organization. She is committed to championing social change through sports, and her expertise in organizational development, fundraising and strategic planning makes her uniquely suited to lead the Women's Sports Foundation." Dr. Antoine has 40 years of experience designing, developing and implementing programs that improve the lives of underserved communities, adults and youth. From 2010 to 2016, Dr. Antoine has served as the president and chief executive officer of New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL), the nation's largest tennis and education program that serves 75,000 children in all five boroughs of New York City. In this role, she oversaw the recently completed $26.5 million capital campaign in partnership with New York City to build NYJTL's Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in the Bronx. Throughout her career, Dr. Antoine has focused her efforts on youth education, community development, women's leadership and equality. In addition to the NYJTL, she has successfully led the growth and sustainability of four other nonprofit organizations: the HOPE Program, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, Per Scholas and PBS Channel Thirteen in New York City.