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BTS Celebrates National Girls & Women In Sports Day

By Emma Randall, 02/11/20, 11:00AM EST


BTS Celebrates 34th National Girls & Women in Sports Day.

BTS celebrates the 34th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day. This celebration inspires girls and women to play and be active, to realize their full power. The confidence, strength and character gained through sports participation are the very tools girls and women need to become strong leaders in sports and life. 

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, Beat the Streets hosted its second annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration at Columbia University.  The event was founded by the Women’s Sports Foundation to celebrate the growth of sports opportunities and active lifestyles for youth and adults.  This event was open to both male and female student-athletes.  Student-athletes learned about the impact and opportunities Title IX created in education, workplaces, and in sports, as well as how sport has positively impacted the lives of so many.  In addition to the BTS Coaching Staff, current and former athletes to share their own journey through sport and facilitated discussion on how together, we can improve the sport for all.   

The discussions focused on creating inclusivity for women in male-dominated sports like wrestling.  Current BTS student-athlete Joanna Jones,  a senior at Wingate High School in Brooklyn shared, “We are so much stronger together than apart,” when asked how we can continue to improve the sport for everyone.  Unlike many other parts of the country, NYC girls in New York City have the opportunity to participate on “blended” folkstyle teams at their high school, in which both men and women compete together in the same line-up. separate weight categories. Girls participate in on these teams as well as in the girls-only, spring freestyle season for their high school team.  Another BTS student-athlete Tays Pascual, a Truman High School junior, shared, “I’m so happy to have the opportunity to also compete on a girls-only freestyle team at my school because I know many girls don’t have the same opportunity in other states.”    

Guest speakers included: 

  • Former BTS Board Member and USA Wrestling Team Leader Kyra Barry 
  • 2x Olympian and New Jersey City University Head Coach Elena Pirozhkova,  
  • Former WCAP athlete and current New Jersey City University Assistant Coach Allene Somera  
  • 2018 Pan American Champion and NYC RTC athlete Bri Csontos 
  • NYU student and NYC RTC student-athlete Ashley Wang 
  • Stevens Technology College and BTS alum Katrin Pokalyukhin 
  • Columbia University student-athlete Talia Fine 
  • Former Life University student-athlete wrestler and BTS alum Sam Ouye-Gonzalez 
  • Former Jamestown College student-athlete wrestler, BTS Training Center Assistant Coach, and BTS alumna Kim Cardenas 
  • BTS Development Director and alumna Mariana Olalde 

“We are so thankful for the women who came to share their stories tonight at our National Girls and Women in Sports Day Celebration.  By including all of our student-athletes, both male and female, we were able to not only educate, but also to spark great dialogue on how both genders can support one another and continue to grow.  Every day at BTS we end practice by breaking to “City Strong” and I feel like these conversations are vital in strengthening our programming and creating leaders within our 3,000 NYC wrestlers.” said Head Girls Coach and Program Manager Emma Randall.   

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