A Great Day At Female Athlete Empowerment Symposium8/23/2017
WATERVILLE – More than 200 girls in grades seven through 12 from five high schools gathered Wednesday at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown for an important day of learning. All were athletes, but the event – the second annual Female Athlete Empowerment Symposium – did not center on X’s and O’s. This was about knowledge, awareness and related lessons for life during and beyond an athletic career.
In large-group gatherings inside the school auditorium, the girls (who attend W-E-M, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva, Tri-City United and LeSueur-Henderson) heard from female speakers offering important lessons for life. Several small-group sessions were held in classrooms, on topics as wide-ranging as social media awareness; self-compassion, confidence and positive body image; self-defense; how to help a friend who is the victim of dating or sexual violence; lessons from the military; and tips on finding a great college experience.
Some examples of what the girls heard …
--Show up. Work hard. Come with a great attitude.
--Trail blazers are people who are very persistent.
--The people in this room will be stronger leaders than people who aren’t in sports.
--Be kind. Give more. Stay humble.
I have attended many workshops and seminars (sometimes as a spectator, sometimes as a presenter), and Wednesday’s event was the best thing I have seen in this arena. All young girls, including athletes, can face obstacles as they grow. I know the symposium had an impact on every attendee.
Assistant Waseca County attorney Rachel Cornelius and Waseca County deputy Serena Frazier directed a session about social media awareness. The lessons were strong, direct and important.
The girls heard – and discussed – things like body image, safety, online bullying and sexting. They were warned against posting photos of themselves on their social media accounts, and also not posting personal details like their address or the fact that they are posting while home alone.
They learned that the internet is forever so they must be careful in what they post. One example noted was a softball team from Virginia that earlier this month was disqualified from the nationally televised championship game at the Junior League World Series in Kirkland, Wash., after one team member posted an inappropriate photo on her Snapchat account.
Three athletes from the area who went on to college athletic careers held a panel to talk and answer questions about their experiences. Carlie Wagner (NRHEG grad who is going into her senior season with the University of Minnesota basketball team) was joined by Heather (Johnson) Anderson, a J-W-P grad who played basketball at Minnesota State Mankato and Kalley Kendall, a W-E-M grad who played volleyball at Rochester Community and Technical College.
The event was organized by Crystal Lamont, who coaches volleyball and softball at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, and Kelsey Bauer, W-E-M assistant softball coach. They elicited sponsors to help pay for dinner and t-shirts for all the attendees.
The organizers did a great job.
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