Communities across the country are hosting events in conjunction with the NGWSD celebration. And don’t worry if February 3rd doesn’t fit your calendar – you can celebrate any “day” of the year. Post your own today!
NGWSD 2021 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.
Sports taught me stregth, resilience, tenacity, and perseverance. They taught me how to love something despite it not always being easy to love. Sports hone the competitive spirit needed to fight for what you want, whether it be a win, a grade, or a job, and they play a vital role in building strong, determined, passionate, and driven women- the kind of women that will be movers and shakers in the world. Gender equality doesn’t necessarily mean that we all have the same resources and opportunities; it means that there is an active fight to obtain equal resources and opportunities. It means seeing that each gender is equally worthy of having these resources and opportunities, and not invalidating the needs of particular athletes based on their genetic disposition.
Sports truly impacts my life. Sports teaches me to be a good leader and to always be open to every possibility. I have played on soccer and basketball teams, but I have been most affected by my experience as a journalist covering the WNBA, the league I dream of playing in. I have been able to see the players of the league not only constantly play at a high level, but also stand up to injustice in our world. Covering this league has honestly changed my life. It has changed my approach towards sports, teaching me that you not only play sports, but you use your platform to bring awareness to important issues. So, there is no shutting up and dribbling. What the women of the league are doing is inspiring and courageous. Female athletes aren’t viewed in the same way as men and aren’t always treated fairly if they’re athletes, but there are many women working to change that narrative.
Equity in sports is incredibly important to me. Women and girls are fighting inequality because they just want to be treated with respect when they do what they love. That means playing sports is also paying tribute to the people who worked hard to have women be proud of their athleticism and passion for sports.
From the time I took my first step, climbed my first tree, did my first backflip off a swing-I learned early on that I felt best in situations where I was challenging myself.
I felt a natural connection to sports as I found so much of what I was looking for within them; life lessons, healthy relationships, mentors, strong communication, self-discipline, hard-work, and the guidance that deep down I knew I needed.
No matter what sport crossed my path I played it knowing that it was helping to shape me into the person I was meant to be.
I think it is important for girls and women to play sports because of the lessons they teach us. To love and support one another, work together, challenge ourselves and those around us and, above all, sport teaches you to believe in ourselves and each other in ways that society does not always coincide with.
To me, gender equality in sports means that we will no longer be judging one gender against the other but we will, instead, be recognizing and appreciating all that each has to offer so that we can learn from one another and grow to better.
I’d like to believe that I #LeadHerForward by striving to be my most honest and authentic self no matter what I am doing so that not only I can learn from my own life lessons but so that others can learn as well. I believe in leading by example to inspire and motivate the next generation to be better than we are today.
Sport has brought so many friendships into my life. I think relationships in general is the most important thing to have in your life. Women and girls deserve to play sports just like our male counterparts. Being able to compete is fun and it’s something I recommend everyone to do.
Gender equality means everything! We are here to help pave the way for the little girls who want to be in our shoes one day. I #LeadHerForward by leading by example. I love to inspire others and help them with their own journey. I use my journey as an example that hopefully one day someone will want to follow.
Growing up, playing sports helped me learn about teamwork and working towards something bigger than myself. Today, sport gives me an opportunity to do something that I love every day and call it work. I look forward to the day that girls and women in sports become so common that we don’t need to point it out every time it happens – we’ll just be people in sports who happen to be women.
To #LeadHerForward, I try my best to share my experiences with as many girls and women as possible so they can learn about what opportunities are available to them. I do my best every day in hopes that my work will make it easier for another woman to follow the same path.
Sports have changed the trajectory of my entire life. Through sport, I have been able to travel the world, meet my best friends, and accomplish so many things I didn’t even know were possible when I started playing sports. Lastly, through sport I have built a platform to use my voice as a vehicle for change and create more opportunities for girls and women in sport. My goal is for sports to have an even greater impact on the next generation of girls and women.
There are so many reasons why girls and women should play sports. My favorites are: sports are fun, sports ensure a healthier lifestyle, and sports teach you so many skills that go beyond the playing field like leadership, accountability, and commitment.
Gender equality in sports means there are not any more or less opportunities in sport based on someone’s gender. If there truly is gender equality within a sport, the playing field would be leveled for any gender in areas like: opportunities, access, compensation, resources, support, investment, promotion, and celebration. I #LeadHerForward by being a role model and showing her what has been done, what can be done, and encouraging her to do more. I will #LeadHerFoward by supporting her when she shatters the glass ceiling and goes beyond what has already been done.
Sports has been a staple of my life since I was a child. It has taught me so many lesson both on an off the course. I am patient, driven, goal focused, a great team player, and know how to learn from every loss I have ever taken. Sports has molded me into who i am today.
It is so important for girls and women to play sports because it gives them a healthy dose of competition and also its instills so many character building traits whether you are young or old. Regardless of the sport, it also gets you moving which is good for you physical and mental well being.
Gender equality means a great deal to me. As a person in a sport that the pay and exposure for women vs men is very lopsided, it’s important to keep pushing the needle forward so that everyone can see how great females are at golf and the great minds that they have on and off the course. I would love to see equal pay in golf. I’ll help in anyway to see that happen.
As a coach and a leader, it’s important to help women grow. I was not given my talent just to be selfish and use it on myself. My purpose is to lead and help mold girls to be better. To strive for excellence even when they can’t see excellence in themselves.
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.