Girl Boss Sports wins “2019 Best LGBTQ+ Owned Business Award” through Business Impact NW

Here at Girl Boss Sports we are happy to announce that we have won the “Best LGBTQ+ Owned Business” Award accompanied by a $2000 cash prize through the Business Impact NW #ImpactPitch contest. This Mission Award is sponsored by the Pride Foundation and Verity Credit Union! This money will ultimately go toward girls and women in sports here in the Pacific Northwest.

We want to take a minute to say thank you to everyone who got us to this stage of the competition as we could not have done it without each and every one of you! This is such an incredible honor to have been selected for this award, particularly given the mission of Girl Boss Sports. As you may already know, the sports industry can be incredibly challenging for girls and women to participate in…but for LGBTQ+ athletes, the challenges are even greater! 

Did you know that 84% of all athletes have experienced or witnessed homophobia in sports? 

Or that 85% of LGBTQ+ athletes have received verbal slurs? 

In addition to the statistics mentioned above, LGBTQ+ athletes face issues such as rejection by peers, harassment, name-calling, stress, under-performance, feeling pressured to “stay closeted,” and giving up sports altogether. Many athletes also face discrimination from their coaches which in turn impacts their performance on AND off the sports field. 

Given this, there are several things that can be done to make the sports industry more inclusive for those who identify as LGBTQ+. One of these is ensuring that parents, coaches, and sports governing bodies take LGBTQ+ phobia and harassment seriously from early on. Clear policies on inclusion of all LGBTQ+ athletes and coaches should be adopted and promoted. Training is also becoming more readily available that will assist schools, clubs, and governing bodies of sports to better work with ALL athletes. It is important to create a culture in sports where differences are not only respected, but celebrated as well. If you are interested in learning more about training opportunities for LGBTQ+ athletes/ coaches, please reach out to info@girlbosssports.com and we will send you to the right organizations who are working to make these vital changes in sports. 

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Here is a message from our CEO, Sarah Wolfer, on the impact of receiving this award.

“I am incredibly grateful to the Business Impact NW community as well as all of the Girl Boss Sports supporters that have been here since the beginning. We have made real progress toward helping girls and women in sports (for athletes and coaches) and this award will only make our impact even greater. 

This has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding years of my life. Finding the courage to come out and share with the world who I really am has been so fulfilling but also completely disrupted everything I thought I knew about life. The honor of being chosen for this award feels like it’s coming full circle. As a current athlete and coach myself, I have seen firsthand how challenging it is not only for girls and women in sports but also for athletes and coaches who identify as LGBTQ+. There is much work to be done in each of these areas, but this award is a step in the right direction and Girl Boss Sports is committed to making the sports industry more inclusive for ALL those who want to participate.

Thank you Business Impact NW for this incredible honor, and thank you to all of our fans and supporters who are working to make the world a better place by supporting us in our vision.”

AND, in case you missed it, our CEO will be participating in the FINAL ROUND of the #ImpactPitch Contest THIS Thursday September 19th from 5:30-8:30PM at 415 Westlake Ave, Seattle WA 98109. The top 5 Pacific Northwest start-ups will be competing for $10,000 with a 6 minute live pitch to a panel of judges and a live audience. There are still tickets available HERE and if you’d like to watch but can’t attend in person, Business Impact NW will be live-streaming the event from their Facebook page beginning at 6:30PM PST.

VOTE NOW! Girl Boss Sports Advances to 3rd Round of the #Impact Pitch Contest and We Need Your Help to Win!

VOTE HERE!

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#ICYMI – Girl Boss Sports has been participating in a contest put on by the Business Impact NW for the last few months and we are excited to announce that we have made it to the 3rd of 4 rounds! We need your help to make it to the FINAL round where if selected, our CEO Sarah Wolfer will be making a live pitch to a panel of three judges selected from the Pacific Northwest Business Community. This event will be taking place on September 19th 2019 and tickets are available now HERE. 5 startups and 5 established businesses will be selected to move forward to this final round of the competition.

In order to make it to this final round, each final company (there are 22 remaining) had to create and submit a 4 minute video addressing what the business does, what problem it is solving, and the positive impact on the community we will have. As of today, we are now entering the voting phase of the competition and it is now YOUR chance to make your voice heard and help Girl Boss Sports win! You are able to vote once per day from (from each IP address) from August 19th through August 28th and EVERY vote counts! You can click THIS LINK to vote and make sure you add it to your favorites for the next couple weeks to vote daily for Girl Boss Sports to advance to the final round. Please share this with your friends and family to help spread the word.

Girl Boss Sports has the chance to win a $10K Cash Prize going toward the company and ultimately helping toward us work toward our two goals:

1) Keeping girls in sports because girls are dropping out at twice the rate of boys by the age of 14, and by the age of 17 half of all girls who WERE playing sports have now dropped out.

2) Increasing the number of women sports coaches as there are simply too few of us – for example for soccer in the US, only 21% of coaches are women and globally it is only 7%.

You can find out more about how we are working toward these two goals by tuning into our #ImpactPitch video available at the link above.

Thanks for your continued support of Girl Boss Sports and the female athletes and coaches in the Pacific Northwest community.

Check out GirlBossSports.com for more ways to get involved!

Youth of the Nation Podcast Features our CEO Sarah Wolfer on all Things Women in Sports and in the Workplace

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Nate Birdine of the “Youth of the Nation” podcast sat down with our very own CEO Sarah Wolfer and discussed her journey to start up Girl Boss Sports and many of the issues that are impacting women in all industries – including the sports industry. Sarah discusses her journey to secure equal pay at a prior place of employment, what it means to be a leader and a woman, and how everyone can help support women and other minorities in our battle for equality.

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Listen in for a lively discussion centered around these very important topics as well as how to get involved with Girl Boss Sports. The full episode is available HERE.

Seattle Youth Soccer Association (SYSA) and Girl Boss Sports Partner up for Girls and Women in Sports – Check it out!

Girl Boss Sports is excited to announce another partnership that will work toward our shared goals of increasing the number of women sports coaches and keeping girls in sports! We will be collaborating with the Seattle Youth Soccer Association (SYSA) on several projects including assisting with their Fall Academies, providing training to SYSA coaches, and much more.

In addition, all members of SYSA are eligible to receive a Girl Boss Sports discount on ANY service we provide. Email Info@GirlBossSports.com for additional information.

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The Seattle Youth Soccer Association (SYSA) is a nonprofit governance organization that brings support and soccer opportunities at all levels of the play to children aged 5-19 across the two cities. The organization is comprised of 12 neighborhood clubs that facilitate recreational soccer, 1 citywide club that oversees regional select and premier programs as well as 1 citywide TOPSoccer program (soccer for players with disabilities).

SYSA Mission:

“It is the mission of Seattle Youth Soccer Association to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth of all children looking to play soccer in the city’s of Seattle and Shoreline. We strive to provide safe, educational and fun environments for all players to develop skills through the sport of soccer, at all levels of competency and ages.”

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Be on the lookout for several exciting announcements coming your way soon!

Girl Boss Sports Partners with Street Soccer Seattle for Women Experiencing Homelessness

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Girl Boss Sports is excited to announce a new partnership with Street Soccer Seattle!

Street Soccer Seattle is all about using soccer for social change. Their mission is “to foster the camaraderie, community, and confidence that are central to the sport of soccer to empower homeless individuals to find greater success and peace in their lives.” Through soccer, a powerful community can be fostered that includes individuals affected by homelessness, coaches, mentors, volunteers, and community partners.  Street Soccer Seattle then uses this team platform to create a training curriculum of job preparation, life skills, and other specialized services, ultimately connecting participants directly to jobs, education, and housing.

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Once a year Street Soccer Seattle is proud to send a team to participate in the Street Soccer USA Cup and represent the city of Seattle. At the cup, players get to speak up about what they play for and learn what it means to represent their home city to the world. Ultimately Street Soccer Seattle’s goal is to look at life beyond the national tournament in supporting players toward achieving their goals off the field. By joining the team, players are able to reconnect with their community and form long-lasting bonds with coaches, volunteers, and their teammates. 75% of Street Soccer players nationally complete a rehabilitation program, further their education, gain employment, or find housing within a year of joining the team.

Girl Boss Sports is excited to be partnering with this amazing organization to build a team for women who are experiencing homelessness in the Seattle area. Our CEO, Sarah Wolfer, will be providing mentorship to the Head Coach of the women’s team as well as other applicable resources to the many other incredible humans who are working tirelessly to get this new women’s team moving forward.

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Practices will be held every Thursday beginning next week (7/11/19) from 5:30-7PM with the location still TBD (though it will be in the University District). Please email chrisburfeind@streetsoccerseattle.org for additional information about this new Street Soccer Seattle Women’s team.

And as always, please help spread the word so we can continue to make an impact on the sports community for girls and women everywhere. Happy Friday all you #GirlBosses out there!

 

 

 

Grit and Grace Podcast Features Girl Boss Sports CEO Sarah Wolfer

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Our CEO, Sarah Wolfer, sat down with Tahverlee of the Grit and Grace Podcast to talk about all things women supporting women, sports, and entrepreneurship. In this episode, they dive deep into the circumstances that led to Sarah starting this company including her very own fight for equal pay at a prior company as well as experiences she had as both an athlete and a coach. If you are ready to learn more about the challenges that female athletes and coaches face and what Girl Boss Sports is doing to help – tune in HERE!

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Grit & Grace is a podcast about strong women doing amazing things in business, fitness and crushing life! Tahverlee interviews some of the most remarkable women who have been so helpful in her entrepreneurial journey and shares the trials and triumphs on their success.

Girl Boss Sports Partners with West Coast Goalkeeping for all your GK Equipment Needs

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Girl Boss Sports is excited to announce another partnership – this time with West Coast Goalkeeping. As the largest goalkeeping outfitter in the US, West Coast GK is ready to assist you with all your Goalkeeping equipment needs. All Girl Boss Sports Goalkeeping Coaches use West Coast Goalkeeping equipment and if you’d like to purchase your own, all Girl Boss Sports clients have been provided with a discount code to utilize. To get the code, email info@girlbosssports.com with West Coast GK in the subject line. You can read about all our partners including West Coast Goalkeeping HERE.

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Girl Boss Sports Goalkeeper Coach Jackie Amrine pictured with her new West Coast Goalkeeping Gloves – If you’d like to book a lesson with Coach Jackie head HERE.

Girl Boss Sports Summer Soccer Camp Announced!

You asked for it and we are providing it! The Girl Boss Sports week-long summer camp is now officially open for registration and we couldn’t be more excited to bring this action-packed adventure to the female soccer player in your life. We have partnered with Forest Ridge School in Bellevue Washington during the week of August 12th – 16th with drop-off times set for 8:30-9AM and pick-up set for 4PM. The camp is entirely led by female soccer coaches who can become dynamic role-models for your daughter and help her learn to “play like a girl.” You can learn more about the summer camp and register HERE.

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We focus on the following key areas:

  • Developing a Champion Mentality – Confidence, Communication, Leadership, Teamwork, Sportsmanship, Respect, Work-Ethic
  • Technical Skills – Footwork, Dribbling, Passing, Shooting, Fakes/ Moves
  • Soccer Fitness – Speed, Agility, Endurance, Balance, Leg strength, Flexibility, Coordination

We will also be bringing in inspirational women to talk to our athletes about being successful in sports AND in life. This week is guaranteed to be a fun and learning experience for all female soccer players in the Greater Seattle area!

The total cost for the camp is $400 per athlete. There are limited spots so be sure to register HERE ASAP.

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“Live and Lead for Impact” Podcast Features Girl Boss Sports CEO on Sports, Women in the Workplace, and Advocating for Yourself

Kirsten Ross of the “Live and Lead for Impact” podcast and our CEO Sarah Wolfer sat down and talked all things women in the workplace, leadership, and sports! In this episode, Sarah discusses several experiences that led to the creation of Girl Boss Sports and ways that you can make an impact as well in your own sphere of influence. If you are ready to learn more about ways to take care of yourself, how to develop a support system, and how sports are beneficial for anyone, check out the episode HERE.

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“Mighty Women in March” Series of the “Miss Adventurous Podcast” features Girl Boss Sports CEO Sarah Wolfer

Girl Boss Sports CEO Sarah Wolfer was honored to participate in the Mighty Women in March series through the Miss Adventurous Podcast hosted by Tiffany Rouge. If you missed the recording, you can listen in HERE.

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In this episode we dive into the challenges that happen both on the field and in the workplace for girls and women. Sarah and Tiffany discuss the lessons learned along the way through her sports journey and how she’s bringing that passion to the work of Girl Boss Sports. Tiffany asks a ton of great questions that will give you insight into what it’s like being a “womanpreneur” and give you a behind the scenes look into running Girl Boss Sports. Check it out and share the episode!