I know there’s been a lot of personal sharing here on SR lately, but with the 40th anniversary of Title IX this week, Salty asked me to share my experience as a young female athlete. If nothing else, I hope it motivates you to support a young woman in your life, whether in sports, academics, the arts or any other pursuit.
When I was fourteen I spent the entire summer working toward running three miles just so I could join my high school cross-country team. I had never been athletic before and was absolutely terrified to go to the first practice but thankfully my big sister put me in the car and made me go.
I was by far the slowest runner on the team and even had trouble keeping up with the other girls on warm-ups; my big, work-my-butt-off goal that year was to run a 5k in under 30 minutes, where the next slowest girl was easily logging 28:xx at the beginning of the season. There was no way I was competitive, I wasn’t going to win the team any trophies and I could barely fit in the largest uniform, but I had one incredible thing going for me: my coach, Patrick. Read more >>