FORevHER Tar Heels Launch!

FORevHER Tar Heels Launch!


I think there are few schools across
the country that have a Women’s Initiative where they’re focusing on
providing opportunities for our female student-athletes and we realize that
this is something we really needed to do. Our female student-athletes have been
overwhelmingly successful with I believe 65% of our national championships here
at UNC and they really deserve to be celebrated and to be championed Let’s invest in creating the strongest most powerful women in the world coming out
of our program and so that’s all what this is all about now is setting them up
to go be great representatives and anything they want with the rest of
their life. And if we all get excited to make that what we’re about the results
will take care of itself. The success we’ve had the Mia Hamm’s the Sue Walsh
those kind of people we have Brian Kalbas, Indoor national championship in
women’s tennis. We have Anson Dorrance has one 4 million national championships in women’s soccer. Jenny Levy, national championship in
women’s lacrosse just Karen Shelton and another person who’s multiple, seven or
eight, I forget what it is. It’s ridiculous the amount of success we’ve
had in women’s athletics. We have to hold us ourselves to a standard that the women that came here before us paved and we’re striving for greatness every
single day Just to be – to have the opportunity to participate in a
women’s sport and basketball and being surrounded by such talented and powerful
women is it amazing experience. There are so many women’s sports here that when we
bring someone on campus I make sure that they know that. I make sure that they see
that there are people walking around on this campus, female athletes who are
among the best in the world We’re not afraid to be competitive in the
classroom, on the field, when we just hang out like it’s it’s it’s
awesome to just kind of see like that edge that we all have and we are like
we’re not afraid to give the boys a run for their money. It’s amazing to watch
them grow and to and to produce both on the field and in the classroom and in
their internships. I mean it, it baffles
my mind and I’m I’m humbled to be around them all the time with it. Through my
time here I’ve really found my voice and learned how to use it and leaving here
in a year which is so weird I want to be able to still have that voice and I know
where it is and I know how to find it and know how to speak it. We are developing beautiful strong powerful women to go on into leadership positions
and I think that that women have been an underutilized resource for for our
programs I also think that we have these amazing women that are out there that’s
just it’s untapped we haven’t really paid much attention to our prominent
alums and you know women that have gone on to power positions that have the
means to to turn around and help us out. Seeing what women are doing to help
other women has been something that I want it’s turned into something that I’m
interested in making a career out of and I think there’s so much more that’s left
to be done and I think I’m a part of the generation that’s going to do that and I
want to be the person that goes and do and does that to make the world a better
place for the next generation of women that come along. I feel really lucky this
campaign at this time as a women’s sport coaching basketball at North Carolina. I
mean I would we just had recruits on campus and we’re already I’ve already
added an important slide about this campaign because there is so many
successful alumni on the women’s side and the time is now for women to support
one another and to bring others along. And what this campaign will help us do
is identify female leaders identify mentors that they can say hey this is
the journey that I’ve taken and now I want to reach back and show you what the
path I took and so I tell my team all the time like you are the tallest trees in
the forest but because we are all the tallest you don’t realize it until you
get out. I’m a living testament to someone believing that I had value and
and that my time at Carolina and the opportunity to go to school here you
know play soccer here was worth their investment. So every day I’m incredibly
grateful for the selflessness of others making sure that I had this opportunity. It’s time that we do more. The female athletes on this campus and female
students on this campus have been contributing not only during the time
that they were here but beyond their time at Carolina and what this new
program is going to do is provide more resources to further encourage young
women to become leaders that’s what this is about and if we don’t do it shame on
us but the fact that we’ve taken the lead
shame on everyone else who doesn’t follow. I think it’s an opportunity to
ask those that are participating in those programs what would make your
program better what can we do to elevate to strive for excellence to be the very
best of the best within the industry. I think asking oftentimes may give you
answers that perhaps people who aren’t in the moment haven’t thought about so I
always look at that as an opportunity for success not that it’s not great but
how can we get better. We are leaders in women’s athletics not just in the
country. We are leaders in women’s athletics in the world and so if a donor
out there wants to know the value of their contribution to women’s athletics
at the University of North Carolina I would like to tell them this you’re
helping us change the world. You’re helping us change the status of women
all over the world and we take this charge incredibly seriously.

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