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Increasing Female Participation in Sports: Seattle

Center for the Study of Sport in Society

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

Increasing Female Participation in Sports: Seattle

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The Center for the Study of Sport in Society has worked extensively with local and national sport-based youth development organizations to identify their organizational challenges and assets.  With this data, Sport in Society has developed a series of collaborative learning forums, webinars, and online resources that are designed specifically for organizations that strive to use sport for positive youth development.  This offering is intended to meet these needs by providing solution-oriented meetings, panel discussions, and showcases. Lunch will be served. This event is free, but advanced registration is required.

Increasing Female Participation in Sports


This panel will examine the need to increase female participation in sports programs, and strategies for doing so.  


Becky Antilla: Program Manager for Girls on the Run of Puget Sound

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. Their core curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being.

After several years working in elementary education and coaching youth sports, Becky is thrilled to bring her skills to a mission-focused organization that celebrates diversity, connectedness, gratitude, and empowerment.  She feels fortunate to work with amazing volunteers who generously share their talents and time as we inspire girls to be healthy, joyful, and confident. Becky is an avid runner and enjoys yoga and reading the New York Times. 

Kelly James, Esq: Principal at Education First & Former All American

Kelly is Education First’s leading expert on strategic planning and organizational capacity building. Prior to Education First, she was as a foundation program officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Raikes Foundation and the Steans Family Foundation. Kelly served as the founding executive director of Chicago SCORES, a nonprofit organization providing after-school soccer and literacy programs for public school students.

Kelly received her JD from the University of Chicago and bachelor’s in sociology from the College of Wooster in Ohio. She is a two-time NCAC All-American soccer player.

Ariana Kukors: Olympian Swimmer & Sport Ambassador
Ariana began swimming competitively at age 5 because her older sister, Emily, joined a swim team and she wanted to be just like her! Ariana made her first USA National Team at age 15 and won her first International Medal at age 17. In 2008, Ariana missed making the Olympic Team by 0.08 in the 200 IM. In 2009, she won her first World Championship title and set the 200 IM World Record. At the 2012 Summer Olympics she placed fifth in the 200-meter individual medley event. Throughout her career, Ariana has won 11 National Championships, won 7 International Medals, broken 4 American Records, and 1 World Record. She is the current world record holder in the 200 IM.

Ariana is currently the Director of Health Inspiration at LifeWise Health Plan of Washington. She reported on the Sochi Olympics for NBC Affiliate King 5 Seattle.

Justine Siegal, PhD: Director of Sport Partnerships for Sport in Society
A true pioneer, Justine is the first woman to coach men’s professional baseball or to throw batting practice to a Major League Baseball team. She is the Founder of Baseball For All, a nonprofit that provides opportunities for girls in baseball. She has been featured in thousands of media outlets including: The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, NPR’s All Things Considered, and ESPN. Justine received her PhD in Sport Psychology from Springfield College.

Her nonprofit, Baseball For All, provides meaningful opportunities in baseball, especially for girls. Her 12 and under team, the Sparks, are the subject of the documentary, “Girls of Summer.” The Sparks became the first girls’ team to compete in a national boys baseball tournament.  Baseball For All runs programming across the United States.

Justine was honored by the Women’s Sport Foundation at their 32nd Annual Salute to Women in Sports Gala. USA Baseball nominated her for an IOC Woman of the Year Award. In 2013 espnW named Justine one of their Everyday Heroes.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Claire Lewis at c.lewis@neu.edu or 206-467-5488

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No, printed tickets are not required.

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That's fine, we understand that last minute subs and scratches happen.

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When & Where

401 Terry Ave. N., Suite 103

Seattle , WA 98109

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

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Center for the Study of Sport in Society

 Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society uses sport as a platform to make the world a better place. The Center has four areas of focus, which includes the following: 

1. Facilitating training in our world renowned social justice education programs; MVP, which focuses on preventing gender-based violence, and ProjectTeamwork, a diversity and inclusion program. 
2. Serving as a global resource for sport-based youth development organizations through academic credentialing and professional development.
3. Tackling the issue of social injustice at its core by providing access to higher education by creating local, national and global partnerships for degree completion.
4. Engaging the community through education, training, service and sport to promote positive cultural change.


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