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MN Twins Host Girls Baseball Camp
The Minnesota Twins hosted a girls baseball camp and coached around 100 young players on their field this week, reports Mike Max (2:07), WCCO 4 News At 6 - July 9.
Meet Edina’s 2020 Connecting with Kids Honorees
Fulfilling the Edina Community Foundation’s mission to serve, strengthen and celebrate the community, Connecting with Kids was established as a way to help promote a healthy environment for Edina youth.
Her Next Play Named as a 2020 Project Play Champion
Her Next Play is incredibly honored to be named a 2020 Project Play Champion, one of 20 local and national organizations selected for making new, meaningful commitments aligned with ProjectPlay’s 8 strategies.
'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....
INTRODUCING THE SEE US MOVEMENT
The SEE US movement started with a KELOLAND student, but it’s got national aspirations. It’s a message that’s crossed the minds of many young girls, their parents, and female athletes across KELOLAND: the desire to be treated as an equal.
Her Next Play takes new step in empowering female athletes
A local nonprofit known for helping girls stay in sports and develop as leaders is taking the next step to empower women professionally. Her Next Play has developed a program to help bridge a huge gap from college to career.
Her Next Play's Junior Varsity Board recognized with Mayor's Commendation for Service to Youth
Her Next Play JV Board recognized with the Mayor's Commendation for Service to Youth. Check out the surprise visit by the Mayor and learn more about their work on "The Mayor's Minute."
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.
Middle-schoolers plan Edina Girls Sports Summit after winning Bold New Idea contest
A group of Edina girls is busy planning a youth sports expo after winning a $5,000 grant in the Edina Community Foundation’s Bold New Idea contest...
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?"
"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."