Up2Us Sports Celebrates 33rd Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day

On February 6, 2019 we celebrate the 33rd Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). This nationwide celebration acknowledges the accomplishments of all female athletes and honors the progress, as well as the continued struggle, women have made for equality in sports.  

This year’s NGWSD theme is Lead Her Forward, in recognition of the countless ways that sports push girls and women to achieve excellence and their full potential, both on and off the field.

Despite facing inequality and struggles at every turn, these hardships have served to create a powerful platform for female athletes to stand strong together and promote the importance of advancing sports participation for girls and women.

In honor of this year’s theme, we asked some of our female athlete ambassadors and Up2Us Sports coaches why the confidence, strength and character they have gained through sports is so important in helping to push themselves to excel as leaders in other aspects of their lives. Additionally, we also asked them to share tips and advice with other women and girls on how to push past their limits and become strong leaders, both in sports and in their own lives.

Leadership, accountability & responsibility, organization and time management, respect and sportsmanship have been important in helping me push myself past my limit and molding me into a leader on and off the court. Use situations in your everyday life to help push you past your limits and become a strong leader on and off the court.
— Sugar Rodgers, Up2Us Sports Ambassador - Guard for the New York Liberty
I was taught the fundamentals of my sport and life from my coach, Coach Rice. I learned how to be a great person in life from my coach and he taught me how to be a successful coach and human. Don’t only excel at your sport, excel in life. You’re not just your sport.
— Chandlor Lyles, Up2Us Sports Coach - Fenway High School, Boston, Massachusetts
Sports have taught me to never give up during those crunch time situations. Never let whatever comes onto the road ever stop you...no one can be you but YOU.
— Melika Clark, Up2Us Sports Coach - Fenway High School, Boston, Massachusetts

How have sports helped you to become a strong leader?

Share with us by filling in the blank below. Share your post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag @Up2UsSports for a chance to be featured:

Sports have helped me to become a strong leader by __________ #LeadHerForward #NGWSD @WomensSportsFdn @Up2UsSports

Learn more about National Girls and Women in Sports Day by visiting www.NGWSD.org