Sports made me. I’m fortunate enough to have been surrounded by sports my whole life. This helped me establish a sense of family, discipline, collective goal setting, and made the reward for continuous hard work and dedication tangible. Access unlocks our potential in this space. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t seen powerful head coaches like Kay Yow (basketball) and Cathy Bucky (cheerleading) on the campus of NC State when I was younger, holding the highest positions. It’s because of them that I knew I could. That visibility was essential.
Advocating for gender equity means leveling the playing field and enabling girls and women in sport to realize their fullest potential. We’re great at what we do and it’s time for the world to no longer fear that. We’ve done so amazing with so little; imagine what we’d do with equitable resources, access, visibility and investment.