The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Women in Sports Leadership Conference took place Feb. 7-8. Detroit PAL had ten girls attend the conference with Associate Athletic Director Dr. Ramona Cox and Youth Development Officer Pasley.
This year’s conference had the theme: Lead: I Can & I Will. The girls were able to hear an opening address by U.S. Olympian Allison Schmitt that focused on achieving goals. According to MHSAA, Schmitt graduated from Canton High School in 2008 and went on to win 11 NCAA Division I championships at the University of Georgia and a combined six medals over the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, including individual gold in the 200-meter freestyle in 2012 in London.
Other speakers included former University of Michigan basketball player Nicole Emblad speaking on the leadership roles and teamwork and Michigan State University’s women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant speaking on “Vision, Values, Voice.”
“Taking the participants of the Future Coaches Leadership Academy to Lansing for the Women in Sports Leadership conference was a great experience for the girls!” said Ramona Cox, Detroit PAL Associate Athletic Director, “Not only were they able to gain valuable knowledge in conference sessions that included topics like goal setting, sports nutrition and how to be a good teammate, but they were also able to engage with other female athletes from across the state.”
What a great opportunity for these young women to hear from strong and successful women in sports leadership!
Learn more about Detroit PAL’s Girl’s Initiative here.