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Clockwise from top: Attendees gather for a group photo; cross country and track athlete Haley Browne ’25, at right, practices her “Brave Pitch” with a partner; softball player Emily Capell ’25 and a partner share their pitches with the group.

On Thursday, April 11, 学校接待了85名来自拉文斯克罗夫特的学生运动员, Durham Academy and Cary Academy for the inaugural Girls in Sports Symposium. The event, spearheaded by Director of Student-Athlete Well-being Sam Borkovic, 为与会者提供了相互学习的机会, grow in their leadership skills and develop a deeper understanding of the impact of their involvement in sports. 

The day’s agenda included an opening address by Head of School Doreen Kelly — a former collegiate volleyball player, who shared the stories of her family’s four generations of female athletes as well as the impact Title IX had on her own opportunities — and a two-hour intensive that encouraged attendees to explore the many ways they face and overcome fear. The day concluded with student-led dialogues that gave the athletes additional opportunities to think about and share their perspectives — and learn those of others — on a range of topics related to their participation in athletics.

“We know from the 塔克女孩和妇女运动研究中心 that girls tend to drop out of sport during puberty and reduce their overall physical activity as a result. The reasons for dropping out are both intrapersonal (fear of failure and reduced self-worth) as well as interpersonal (peer dynamics and coaching relationships),博尔科维奇解释了研讨会的总体重点. “Our goal was to grow individual confidence and build community between the schools.”

博尔科维奇的搭档 Brave Enterprises 早上的恐惧与勇敢研讨会. 根据该公司的网站, facilitators provide “dynamic programming that enables people to recognize fear as a cue to take brave action. 最大网络彩票正规平台的热情是帮助人们管理压力和自我怀疑, tackle obstacles, build resilience, grow confidence, 追求目标,真诚地沟通.” 

They also offered an optional pre-symposium virtual town hall for participants and their families, 陪同和教练, April 8.

Clockwise from top: A view of the entire group as Capell and partner give their “Brave Pitches”; Crista Samaras, Brave Enterprises首席执行官, 为车间提供便利; Eve Caudill ’25, Chloe Fox ’25 and Anna Sonntag ’25 continue the exercise by sharing their pitches with a role model in their lives.

Attendees engaged in both pre- and post-symposium surveys and reflection. Results indicate that the program had measurable positive effects on participants, including that 82% of participants felt more brave and 72% felt more confident than before the session. 

Arianna Shirak ’24 said her experience at the event tracked with those numbers. 

“我了解了别人的经历, 因为很多人最终都有类似的恐惧, 那些“残酷的事实”造就了最大网络彩票正规平台. 在完成勇敢的工作坊之后, 这感觉就像一个压力源的重量被解除了, resulting in a feeling of accomplishment and a boost of confidence,” she said. “This symposium helped me to prioritize and focus on my goals for my future, 我将把它当作足球和田径来使用 & field student-athlete next year at Sewanee: The University of The South.”

“在这样的事件中, there are always moments where you have to reflect on how things have been different for you, especially when you are taking on a more male-dominated sport,27岁的多项目运动员泰勒·布拉德福德补充道. “每当讨论到勇敢的时候, it reminded me of times when I was the only girl at a camp or the only girl on the team, 我受到了不同的对待. I realized that I always need to stay true to who I am and pursue the things I am interested in.”

博尔科维奇对这一天的影响表示赞同, noting that the event’s focus and outcomes reflect the school’s broader goals for all of its students.

“The symposium was Lead From Here 在行动中——发展更深层次的自我意识, evolving in our work with others and fostering change in our teams and school,” she said. 

Borkovic’s role, new this year, is a donor-funded position that focuses both on a holistic approach to student-athlete health and wellness and on gender equity in athletic programming. Other programs for female athletes she has led this year include the celebration of 全国女童和妇女运动日, 以大学运动员凯利·贝克为主角, a passionate advocate of equity in women’s sports; a 运动中的女孩 for each season of Ravenscroft athletics; and a career panel featuring representatives from the North Carolina Football Club. 了解更多关于她的工作 in this Voices feature from November 2023. 

“It was an honor for me to get to welcome such talented female athletes of the Triangle together and share how sports has impacted generations of women in my family,” Kelly said. “I am so grateful to Sam for organizing such an impactful event.”