Communities across the country are hosting events in conjunction with the NGWSD celebration. And don’t worry if February 5th doesn’t fit your calendar – you can celebrate any “day” of the year. Post your own today!
NGWSD 2020 recognizes student-athletes, champion athletes, coaches, administrators and lawmakers who are committed to providing equitable access to sports for all girls and women.
Participating in sports has influenced my life in many positive ways. First and foremost, it has taught me how to deal with both failure and success on and off the field which will be valuable in my future beyond the white lines. It has taught me how to deal with adversity, gain confidence and strength when I battled back from an injury which sidelined me through a very difficult freshman year of college. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by my loving family, many great coaches, and teammates who I am forever grateful for because they never gave up on me and pushed me to be where I am today. All the success I have gained, I attribute to them and will be forever thankful. Today the game is paying me back in ways I couldn’t even imagine. Now it is my turn to pay it forward and in the hopes of inspiring young women as I was once inspired by being a positive role model and strong advocate for my sport.
Golf is not just a game to me, it is the life lessons and opportunities that come with it. Since I was 6 and a half years old, I have been playing this game and it keeps getting better and better over time. The first lesson I learned was to have patience, trust the process, be honest, and persevere. Who would have thought this lesson would be the foundation to who I am today. Why keep playing? Not only do I love it, but I never know what new lesson or opportunity that I will experience on any day of golf.
Sport has influenced me in so many positive aspects from growing up to now present day. All through school I was bullied and swimming was my outlet- it got me out of school and around girls that were like minded and respected me for who I was. It has brought me to live at the Olympic/Paralympic Training Center for five years where I was lucky enough to do a lot of growing up around the worlds most elite athletes. I have met life long friends, my partner, and traveled the world doing what I love. As my career is coming to an end and we are zoning in on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games I just can’t help but smile and be grateful for all that sport has done for me.”
My name’s Naya Tapper and I play for the USA women’s rugby team. Growing up, being where I am at right now and playing rugby was never my plan. Thanks to my coaches throughout the years, I not only found MY sport, I’ve excelled in it. Each coach I have had throughout my career has brought a new form of potential out of me that I never knew I had. Thanks to their motivations and belief in me, I continue to become a better version of my self every year. Thanks to sports, my dreams have became so much bigger than they could have ever been.
Growing up, I could never really find a sport that I was good at or enjoyed. Once I reached 6th grade, I signed up for lacrosse on a whim. At first it seemed boring but then I really got into it. During this time, I was dealing with a lot of family issues and lacrosse gave me a place to channel all my feelings in a healthy way. The more it helped, the more I wanted to play and the better I got.
Now, whenever I have a bad day or something is just not going right, I have lacrosse to help me focus and take my mind off. This sport has inspired me to work my hardest and to never stop trying. Every trick or skill I have learned represents the obstacles or problems, whether at school or at home, that I have overcome.
The story Golden Buddha inspires me to coach and keep girls in the game. In a small village there was a golden Buddha that was covered with mud to protect it from an invading country. Years went on and the Buddha sat there covered with mud. One day a child was playing by the Buddha and they chipped off a corner of the mud and saw the gold underneath it. They went running through the village saying, ‘The buddha is gold.’ Villagers came out of their homes, and as a community they chipped away the layers of mud.
As women, we have layers of mud put on us. I coach girls to be one of those villagers who chips off some of the mud or limits that have been put on. I hope that every girl that comes out of my program shines a little brighter and chips a little mud off of every girl they meet.
When I started coaching youth sports back in 2014, I realized how much of an influence I had on children’s lives through a sport that I loved! Now coaching collegiate women’s lacrosse and the young ladies at WINNERS Lacrosse, it is important to me that I continue to support, inspire, and motivate these young women to continue to be involved in the sport(s) they love! Athletic participation instills so many great values and principles into these young women that will empower them in their schools, local community, and in the decisions they will have to make for their future.
As an ambassador of my country, a team captain and leader at my institution and conference, I strive to be a role model for future women and girls in sports. Sports has not only taught me life skills such as commitment, discipline and confidence, but it has also opened a pathway to meeting like-minded individuals and wonderful teammates that I consider family.
Having mentors such as Tatum Colitz, Lisa Archbald and Noreen Morris has taught me the importance of being a good role model and paving the way for future female leaders in sports.
With logos, a poster, certificates, tips and a checklist, our resources are designed to help you plan, organize, promote and host your own NGWSD activities. Fill out the form below for access to resources, including our Event Action Kit and Communications Kit. Questions? Please contact Morgan Powell at MPowell@WomensSportsFoundation.org.