Empowering Young Girls
Studies have shown that girls drop out of sports at twice the rate of boys by age 14. This is a disappointing reality, especially considering the essential lessons and benefits in life that sports provide. Our goal is to encourage and empower girls to continue playing basketball.
The Minnesota Girls’ Basketball Summit is a day-long event for around 100 basketball-playing girls grades 6-8. The goal of the summit is to teach girls the importance of sports through our four pillars of leadership, confidence, community, and healthy lifestyle. The summit will be a fun-filled day with inspiring speakers, activities, and most of all, basketball.
By Girls. For Girls.
The Minnesota Girls' Basketball Summit came from and was brought to life by Lila and Claire. We are high school basketball players with the goal to keep girls in sports. We have seen our friends and teammates quit athletics, and it made us sad to see that they had lost their passion for sports. We are putting together the Minnesota Girls' Basketball Summit to encourage girls from all around Minnesota to keep playing basketball.
Date and Location
September 11, 2021
Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave, Bloomington, MN 55420
Welcome + Overview of Day - Game Growers
Kick Off Leadership Speaker
Station Drills: Dribble Knockout, Lightning/Thunder, Dribbling relay races
Confidence Speaker: Dr. Erin Ayala
5 on 5
Lunch and Healthy Lifestyle Speaker: Rasa Troup
Community Speaker: Adrienne Jordan
Awards then survey
Dr. Erin Ayala
Dr. Erin Ayala works as a sports and health psychologist for Premier Sport Psychology, working with young athletes to help them with the mental side of their sport. Dr. Ayala is also an accomplished writer, having written nearly twenty research publications and book chapters. In addition to being very accomplished in her career, Dr. Ayala is also an amazing athlete. She has done marathons, half-marathons, triathlons, and is now part of a cycling team.
Rasa Troup is a registered and licensed dietitian who specializes in nutrition with experience in clinical nutrition, eating disorders, and sports nutrition. She has worked with high-school, college, and professional athletes on nutrition assessments, individualized meal planning, one-on-one consultations, and more. Additionally, Troup is a world-class athlete, having competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, holds national records in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the indoor mile in her home country of Lithuania, and earned All-American honor for Cross Country while studying at the University of Minnesota.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she was a member of the 1997 NCAA Final Four Women’s Basketball Team, Adrienne Jordan is a Senior Consultant for The Prouty Project where she creatively stretches leaders to achieve bigger goals. Jordan also served with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, and as the Chief of Staff for the Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools. Driving positive impact in the community is important, and Jordan dedicates her free time to supporting causes that are special to her and her family. Jordan currently serves as a Board Director or Committee Member on governing boards for Her Next Play, Lundstrum Performing Arts, Hennepin Healthcare Foundation and WithAll Foundation. Jordan is most proud to be the mother of her daughter, Kennedy, and enjoys watching Kennedy perform in musical theatre productions across the Twin Cities, as well as spending time with Kennedy as they serve the community with different organizations throughout the year.
Sponsor the Minnesota Girls' Basketball Summit!
Once the idea for the Minnesota Girls' Basketball Summit was formed, we applied for the Nike Game Growers program with our idea. They were looking for ideas to keep girls playing sports. We were drafted by the Minnesota Lynx and we had the incredible opportunity to fly to Nike Headquarters in Oregon for the Game Growers Camp. We refined our idea and came back home with the confidence to make it a reality. Through the program, we met leaders from the Minnesota Lynx who have helped us throughout the process. We are very thankful to Nike and the Lynx for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“I can’t wait to see what they do in the years to come because I truly believe that these two are set to change the narrative around girls’ sports, change perceptions, and change the world.”
Joanna Stang, Minnesota Lynx