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My trip to the ESPNW Summit

Hanging out with the Heroes - #ToyotaEverydayHeroes

Hanging out with the Heroes - #ToyotaEverydayHeroes She Plays We Win

Since #sheplayswewin is just starting out, I look at every honoree for inspiration & strength on what is possible! #ToyotaEverydayHeroes #espnwsummit

When I wrote out my dreams and goals for 2016, attending the ESPNW Summit was at the very top.  I mean honestly, the very thought of being in a room with the likes of Julie Foudy, Jemele Hill, Robin Roberts, the list goes on & on – I just knew to experience this would be incredible. Having followed the Toyota Sponsored Summit for the past few years, I knew that this would be a cool experience.

But once this dream somehow became a reality and I found myself at the 3-day-event in Dana Point, I realized that I had no idea just how special of a conference it was and how many powerful, strong women would be in one place celebrating the impact of women in sports. The Summit is a celebration of what has already happened in women’s sports and what is to come if we all keep pushing!

  • The women at the conference are making the world go round.
  • The "Toyota Everyday Heroes" that have been honored through the years are most definitely heroes.
  • What if we all followed our hearts and pursued the thing we care about the very most?

It really got me thinking about the about the concept of an ‘everyday hero’ & what it means to be one everyday. It’s someone that truly is making an impact on the ground level, in this case for girls in sports.  A hero is one that is brave & trail blazing to make the world a little better than when they found it.  What an honor to have met some of these women and what an amazing program TOYOTA has put together in celebrating them. Since #sheplayswewin is just starting out, I look at every honoree for inspiration & strength on what is possible! #toyotaeverydayhero #espnwsummit

We all have a lot to still to battle in the world of sports, some of my favorite presentations throughout the couple days that will stay with me as I strive to be a woman making a difference were:

  • The New Frontier of Youth Sports with Renata Simril, president of LA84
  • Building Women’s + girls’ brand: Promoting Self-esteem, confidence & empowerment
  • Vision, Action & IMPACT!

I would love to say a special THANK YOU to TOYOTA for supporting us all to have the vision to make things happen & truly impact girls in sports.

To read more on this years’ honorees (Tracy Pointer – Grow, Beth Devine – Philly Girls in Motion, & Courtney Payne Taylor – Girls Riders Organization)  & what they’re up to - check out this link:
http://www.espn.com/espnw/culture/sports-business-leadership/summit/article/17686326/honoring-2016-toyota-everyday-heroes

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