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.