Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day by encouraging your daughters, sisters, nieces and every young girl in your life to participate in a sport they love.
As a kid I was very lucky, my father took the 3 of us kids to see minor league baseball, the King and His Court (a traveling 4-man fastpitch softball team with a history that dates back to WW2), Georgetown & American University women’s basketball, women’s softball, ice hockey and many more sporting events. I enjoyed every moment from the time I was 4 and asking minor league ball players for a signed baseball to the time I played on the very field in Washington, DC that the King’s team and some of the best female softball players played on.
Sports gave me direction, college scholarships, and more opportunities than I can possibly list here. I took to track & field by age 5 and later softball, basketball and soccer. I was fairly shy (hey at least I spoke, unlike my sister at that age 😉 but very comfortable and confident when I stepped onto the field, court or a track. I learned many lessons about teamwork, winning, disappointment and working hard to earn my playing time. I stepped on an airplane for the first time (for a summer travel softball team trip to AZ – where we ended up playing Lisa Fernandez’s team) and later learned to juggle college classes, practice, road trips and injuries.
I’ve been so fortunate for the opportunities participating in sports gave me and the lessons learned that I still use today. I hope to pass those lessons on to other young girls and create more opportunities for females to participate. To get more involved, check out the National Women & Girls in Sports events across the country and, don’t forget to encourage the young girls in your life!
For Events across the country and an outstanding video put together by Ann Gaffigan, check out this page.