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Rookie Career Accelerator Program
In line with their mission to develop the next generation of women leaders through sports, we sat down with President of Her Next Play, Sara Wegmann. Off the back of concluding the first half of their inaugural Rookie Career Accelerator Program earlier this year, there is tremendous momentum building as they look towards what is to come for this and future programs.
Her Next Play JV Board Members Claire and Lila graduate from Nike Game Growers Program
The Nike Game Growers program provides an opportunity for eighth-grade girls to share their ideas on how to encourage more girls to play sports. The Lynx drafted Claire and Lila, two girls who are very passionate about changing the narrative of girls in sports, as their Game Growers.
Edina students tackle pressures that drive girls out of sports
A lack of opportunity has in the past denied girls the fun and benefits of sports. Now a group of Edina middle-schoolers is tackling a new problem that is discouraging fellow female classmates from jumping in — the notion that being the best is all that matters.
Courtney Place '19 Selected as a Winner for Victoria's Secret First PINK GRL Project
A movement with national aspirations is now a reality for its founder and Augustana graduate Courtney Place, '19. Place was just announced as one of 20 world-wide winners for Victoria's Secret PNK GRL Project for creating the SEE US movement in 2018 while a student. Victoria’s Secret PINK made the announcement on May 30, announcing Place was one of the 20 winners of their first-ever GRL PWR Project. Place, and the other 19 winners will receive $10,000 each to pursue their dreams and jumpstart their bright futures.
SEE US SEEKS EQUAL RECOGNITION
This past winter, Courtney Place had to make a decision. A successful junior outside hitter on the Augustana volleyball team, Place sat down with friends and family to talk about the possibility of playing professional volleyball abroad after college, when she suddenly thought—“Who would care?"
'Her Next Play Edina Girls Sports Summit' celebrates girls in sports
EDINA, Minn. — It's likely not something you think most 12 to 15-year-olds would spend $5,000 on. A group of Edina girls are using that pot of money to help more than 100 other girls who play sports at a sold-out event Monday. There’s nine of them and they got together to come up with one grand idea.
Augustana grad wins national award for work supporting women in sports
Courtney Place has been bothered by the inequalities in women's sports for a long time. The lack of exposure and respect compared to men's sports stood out whenever she took the volleyball court. Looking to take a stand, the 22-year-old Augustana alumna created the SEE US movement, which aims to spread awareness of women underrepresented, sexualized and judged based on appearance rather than performance in sports.
2019 Bold New Idea Winner Will Celebrate Girls in Sports
In January, the Edina Community Foundation welcomed submissions for its ‘Bold New Idea’ contest, awarding an Edina resident (or a group of residents) up to $5,000 for their idea to strengthen and celebrate our beautiful city. Five finalists took the stage in April, and the Edina Girls Sport Summit ultimately took home the prize money....
"Putting yourself out there is hard, but it's so worth it. I don't think anyone who has ever spoken out, or stood up or had a brave moment, has regretted it. It's empowering and confidence-building and inspiring. Not only to other people, but to yourself."