imageIt’s not every time you get to rub elbows with the head of the WNBA and the president of the Atlanta City Council. Or get paraded across center court before a sold out crowd at Philips Arena.

But that’s where Anne Barr found herself last Friday, among 20 women from across metro Atlanta named “Women of Inspiration” by the Atlanta Dream. Barr, the founder of the Decatur Women’s Sports League, was honored for her work in creating the league and its donations to the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative.

Anne Barr has worked in numerous organizations, leagues and clubs sacrificing her time and her expertise with the ultimate goal of making the world a better place. She helps women find their personal pride, allowing them to shed self-doubt and creating a new strength. This strength is contagious; the women she has touched reach out to others and move forward with Anne’s mission.

Donna Orender, the WNBA’s president, and Lisa Borders, president of the Atlanta City Council, handed out awards to Barr and other women during a pre-game ceremony. At halftime, they were recognized again on the court before an appearance by Jarvis, an R&B artist who is signed with Ludacris, an artist and local restaurant owner.

Barr launched the Decatur Women’s Sports League in early 2007 with a softball league. The overwhelming response quickly prompted an expansion and the sports league added bowling, basketball and tennis. In fact, a new season of softball opens on Sept. 5.

For a Project Q Atlanta gallery of photos from the event, go here.