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March 4, 2014 / Kate Barnosky

February Updates

It’s been awhile since my last blog post and in that time many things have happened here at the Center for the Study of Sport in Society.  In early February, we had a panel discussion on “Increasing female participation in sports.” The panel speakers were Ms. Katie Hnida, Dr. Jennifer Mead, Dr. Justine Siegal and Ms. Rebekah Splaine Salwasser.  These women all have incredibly impressive backgrounds and were even more compelling to hear speak in person.  They all reiterated the importance of having a plethora of opportunities for women in sports and discussed the cultural implications of having equal opportunity to sport.  The roles that coaches, parents, communities and the athletes themselves all hold in increasing sports for women were discussed. Everyone can contribute to making sports appealing for girls and for ensuring that each athlete has a positive experience.  While the panelists all came from different sports and have very different stories, much of their advice was the same.  They all held an equally impressive amount of passion for the topic, which made the panel discussion inspiring and informative.

Over the past couple of months, I have begun doing more trainings and this has been really fun. Matt and I worked with a school in Quincy using Sport in Society’s Project TEAMWORK Curriculum.  I enjoyed working with these students, who were quite engaged throughout.  I especially liked doing the “Box Exercise” and breaking the class into single gender groups.  The girls really opened up for this exercise.  It was interesting to hear some of the more age-specific descriptions of what they say it means to be a girl. While the same message was conveyed, the specific words used by people I attended MVP Institute with and the middle school students were very different.

In addition to the Quincy trainings, Courtney and I worked with a school in Chelsea using the Boston vs. Bullies Curriculum.  This was also a fun experience, but was more challenging as a facilitator because the group was much larger.  The class in Quincy was no more than 25 students, whereas the group in Chelsea was close to 75 students.

This upcoming Thursday we are hosting a seminar series event on Getting the Most of Your Nonprofit Board Members.  Just like the previous events of this nature, Rick Arrowood, from the Nonprofit Management program here at Northeastern, will give the lecture.  I am looking forward to this, as all of his previous talks have been well done and informative, and all the other future events and trainings.

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