Feb. 2, 2012
The University of Minnesota and Gopher Athletics teamed up to create and host events dedicated to Women in Sport to celebrate forty years of Title IX. This Wednesday night, 2/1/2012, a networking event took place at William's Arena Club Room, sponsored by St. Jude Medical Foundation. Their foundation has been a strong supporter of Gopher athletics by including sponsorship of, but not limited to, the M.A.G.I.C. program and the M.A.G.I.C. bus. We caught up with multiple female student-athletes who participated at the event, as well as Regina Sullivan.
"The Women in Sport Careers event is designed to encourage and support young women, either college, graduate students, or interns, in their pursuit of a career in sport. In today's economy, breaking into any field can be a challenge and the sports arena is no different." Regina Sullivan, Senior Associate Athletic Director for the University of Minnesota Gophers, states about the event, "It is a great opportunity to find out about different sport career paths and to network with successful women who all have a story to tell."
All of these athletes took something different out of the event. Some attended because they were interested in pursuing a possible sports career, and some simply wanted to take part in an interesting event on campus to learn more about National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
For sophomore rower, Katherine Windsor, the decision to come here is because of her own personal self-improvement. "I'm especially excited about the coaches station. I coach sixth grade basketball, and I'm always looking for ways to improve. I also am interested in how I can pursue the basketball coaching field, and hearing from the all of the experienced coaches."
For sophomore women's gymnastics team member, Kayla Slechta, it is all about exploring. "I'm a kinesiology major, and I'm not positive what exactly I want to do in that field. I'm excited for the athletic training table especially, because it seems so interesting. I'm here to explore my options and experience some of the different areas of kinesiology."
No matter what the reason was, these Gopher women wanted to better their future, and they were learning from the best of the best. The evening started with a meal, followed speeches from Regina Sullivan, and keynote speaker, former Gopher Women's Athletic Director, Merrily Dean Baker. Following the speeches, the networking event began. There were 1-2 representatives in multiple areas of the sport industry. The participants could ask questions, network, or simply enjoy the experience with these representatives. The sports related fields that were represented included athletics administration, athletic training, coaching, event and facility management, legal/sports agency, marketing/advertising, media/public relations, officiating, sponsorship/premium and ticket sales, and strength and conditioning.
All of the female athletes had the opportunity to experience a good networking event to better themselves, their community, and Gopher nation. Check back for more information on your Gopher athletes.