35th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day
February 3, 2021, marks the 35th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). Every year, this celebration inspires girls and women to play and be active in an effort to realize their full potential and power. While this is a great day to celebrate the achievements and advancement of all of our sisters in sport across the globe, I believe it is critical to create more opportunities for sports participation.
I have experienced first hand the struggles women in sport have to endure to achieve equity in media coverage, sponsorships, salaries and competition opportunities, including competing in the Olympic Games. We have made progress, but there is still a long way to go - female boxers I’m thinking of you in particular! Women and girls who do participate in sport reap lifelong benefits including, higher self esteem, development of leadership skills, self-reliance, self-discipline and so much more! A recent study from EY and espnW shows that 94% of women Executives have a background in sport.
As a career coach working with Team USA athletes, I see firsthand the incredible set of in-demand skills these athletes bring to today’s unique workforce: Resiliency, goal setting, leadership, problem solving, tenacity, coachability and confidence. Every company wants employees who embody those characteristics! Advocating for
increased opportunities for girls and women in sport at every level can benefit not only our athletes but our local communities. To learn about NGWSD.
If your company is eager to leverage the skills athletes bring to the workplace, please reach out to learn how you can get involved in the Athlete Career and Education program.