Join BOOM!Health in welcoming Ginny Gilder to discuss her memoir with the girls who participate in the organization's GO GIRL program! Learn about the book as well as BOOM!Health programs.
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Presentation and Q & A will begin at 6 pm.
Refreshments will be served.
Ginny Gilder, a two-time Olympic silver medalist in rowing, investment boutique owner and co-owner of the WNBA's Seattle Storm, will discuss her remarkable journey in pursuit of the Olympic gold as told in her nationally acclaimed memoir, Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX (Beacon Press). At sixteen, Ginny became captivated by rowing while watching the Head of the Charles. She joined the Yale women’s rowing team as a freshman and was determined to excel despite the physical challenges of asthma and a height of 5’7”. In 1975 Title IX was three years old and Yale had not yet complied with the statute, a piece of watershed legislation that mandated equal facilities and opportunities for female athletes. Frustrated, Ginny and eighteen of her teammates participated in the infamous women’s strip-in to protest the lack of parity with the men’s facilities.
On the world stage, women’s rowing was gaining and 1976 was the first year it became an Olympic event. Ginny accomplished her goal of making the 1980 Olympic team, but was unable to compete because of America’s Moscow boycott. She won a bronze in single scull at the 1983 World Championships and qualified again for the 1984 Olympics, where she won a silver medal in the women’s quadruple sculls as the stroke of the women's quadrules sculls with coxswain from the LA Olympics.
Gilder has since helped launch community rowing programs in Boston, Mass. and Derby, Conn. She received an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for community service in 2004. The mother of three children, step-mother of two, and grand-mother of one, Ginny lives with her wife, Lynn, and their two poodles in Seattle, Washington. Course Correction is her first book.
BOOM!Health’s Programs for Girls
BOOM!Health has a rich history of engaging women and girls. Since 1998, the GO GIRL program has empowered high-risk adolescent girls and young women in the Bronx to envision and create positive, healthy futures for themselves. Over the past 17 years, significant emphasis has been placed on college and job readiness; counseling; HIV and substance abuse prevention programs for girls. The program relies on a multi-model approach; shaped by needs assessments, comprehensive sex education, substance abuse prevention and evidence-based research.
BOOM!Health's mission affirms its commitment to the development of programming as a premier holistic youth center where young women and girls from the Bronx are guaranteed a path to economic security, improved quality of life and access to health care. Current strategic plan implementation activities are focused on securing funding opportunities to ensure that our vision of Health, Wellness and Safety for All, which directly addresses the socioeconomic advancement and empowerment of women and girls, is realized. The program regularly conducts college tours with participants to encourage them to apply to college and give them the opportunity to experience the environment. In recent years the girls have visited the campuses of Lehman College, Howard, Georgetown, Stonybrook University, and St. John’s University.