Spring & Summer News, 2015

Save the Date: “Shake Off Your Rust” Boot Camp, Sept 1-3, 6-9pm, at Academy Sports Center!

elenaJoin the best and brightest of high school girls’ basketball at a new state-of-the-art gym in Lynnwood!

Enjoy your August break, and then get yourself ready for the fall season (and yet another year of basketball) the awesome way! Come learn from and compete with a rockstar team of women coaches. Camp will include: position work, goal-setting workshop, new skills, agility and conditioning, high-pressure contests (from “Big Shot” to “Last Woman Standing”) and prizes, 3-on-3/4-on-4 season + playoffs, and more!

To ensure low player-to-coach ratio, space is limited. Registration opens Tuesday, Aug 11. Check back for more information!

Spring & Summer Wrap-Up:

We wrapped up a great workshop series in the spring, featuring basketball alumna from Haverford College, Puget Sound University, Skagit Valley College, Santa Clara University and University of the Pacific. We enjoyed the lively discussion from the girls!

“A good leader is someone who…” 

Leadership Workshop - white board

“What does it mean to be a girl athlete?” 

“Girls athletes are the same as boy athletes; the only difference is boys are expected to compete at a high level.” – Rachel, Lynnwood HS.

“A girl athlete is someone who has to balance athleticism and femininity.” – Mars, Ingram HS.

“A girl athlete is an athlete with boobs.” Emma, EWHS.

In addition, BEA coaches had the honor to speak at Ballard High School Girls’ Basketball Camp and Pinnacle Hoops Basketball Camp. At both camps, we presented our “Power of the Mind: What Every Athlete Needs to Know About Mental Toughness and Tips to Gain a Competitive Edge” workshop to 45-50 girl athletes and counselors!

It has also been heartbreakingly AWESOME to see #ShootLikeAGirl t-shirts peppered across tournaments all spring and summer! Thank you for your participation in our fundraiser – and stay tuned, we will be selling these awesome, awesome shirts again in early September! Tell your friends! The proceeds will go toward gym space, equipment, and as much scholarship as possible for need-based mentees. Keep spreading the word and donating: https://basketballeducationinaction.com/shootlikeagirl/ Help us “twenties ladies” #DoMore for our girls! 

Mentors & Trainers News: 

AmyD_BasketballShot_0Big news and transitions this off-season for our mentors! Amy Donovan, our mentor who worked closely with All-Wesco Lily Gustafson, accepted the offer to be head coach at Holy Names Academt, while continuing her full-time job as Program Manager at UW’s Center for Leadership in Athletics. Meanwhile, Yvette Avila, our mentor who worked with Sam Conroy and Sarah Goh, is finishing up her five-year career as Youth Development Specialist Lead at Planned Parenthood. She will continue her work with youth in her new position as Life Skills Coach at Lakeside Middle School. Bea Chang is also ending her AmeriCorps VISTA term as Program Coordinator at UW’s Center for Leadership in Athletics, and starting a real-life, big-lady-pants job as Manager of Community Programs at UW FIUTS (Foundations for International Understanding Through Students).

Trainers who have trained with BEA over the past year have also landed various coaching jobs around the area. Gillian d’Hondt is taking over the large reigns left behind by Kaela Yuen at Mercer Island High School. Kristina Schumacher, an alumnae and long-time JV coach at Lake Stevens High School, is the new head coach at Inglemoor High School; she will be assisted by Oliana Sweet.

upcoming projects & events: 

Blog Project: Inspired by the hundreds of views of essays written by Lily Gustafson (Shorewood High School) and Bea Chang, writers, former players, and coaches (from east coast and west) associated with BEA will launch a blog mid-September dedicated to girls’ and women’s voices in sports (or men talking about women’s sports). We will ask for submissions from girl athletes of all ages, and draw from the talents of women athletes in both written and visual arts.

We, too, have stories to tell! Be a part of this project! Have a set of skills or an idea for a name (!) or some itch to write you want to contribute? Contact Bea Chang at changb.10@gmail.com.

Community Event & Fundraiser: Keep an eye out for a 3 on 3 tournament for girls and women at the end of September or beginning of October. This will be a full-fledged community event for all girls and women passionate about our wonderful game of basketball, as well as a fundraiser! Want to help or donate prizes or have a booth or sponsor the event? Contact Bea Chang at changb.10@gmail.com.

Women’s Saturday Morning Hoops: Just what it sounds like! Starting September 12, 2015, we will be hosting women’s pickup games in Seattle. Join our group on Facebook for more information.

Thank you all for your help and support in making a difference in girls’ and women’s sports! We’re looking toward another awesome year of Basketball Education in Action!

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