A Leader On and Off the Field #TWT

Two weeks ago, Megan Rapinoe, along with her teammates, won the FIFA 2019 Women’s World Cup. Megan is the captain of the team and is also known for her heavy activism.

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She is fighting for equal pay specifically in sports. Men’s USA soccer play make between $25,000 to $300,000. However, the women’s USA soccer team only makes between $25,000 to $85,000. She and her teammates filed a lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation for gender discrimination.

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She also works with multiple LGBTQ organizations and has received many different awards to recognize her philanthropy work such as the award given by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.

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Megan constantly stands up for what she believes in even if it causes controversy. In 2016, she stood in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick by kneeling during the national anthem at an international match. It was their attempt to bring awareness to the social inequalities in the U.S.

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I admire Megan’s boldness and outspokenness. Not only is she a leader to her teammates on the field but she is also a leader to her community. Kudos to Megan for always standing her ground, she is truly a girl with beauty and brains.

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“A Man’s Game”

When many people think of football, guys in helmets and bulky gear is usually the first thing that comes to their minds.

On October 14th, I went to my little cousin’s football game and although the sport is interesting to me as it is, I was more intrigued when I found out the opposing team had a girl player. I knew that at the end of the game I had to meet her and hear her story!

This fierce and inspiring girl is Aubrey Skye Calo. She is only eight years old and the only girl of triplets. She is super excited as this is her first year playing football for the Toms River Indians with her triplet brothers. Aubrey told me, “in the beginning the boys on my team would give me a hard time because I was the only girl, but I made sure to put them in their place.”

Aubrey is incredible at football and will definitely be able to go far with it.

This young lady is already a role model to other girls! She is showing girls that they should play whatever sport their hearts are in regardless of society’s standards. Aubrey is definitely a girl with beauty and brains.

First Black Woman to Win an Olympic Gold Medal #TWT

This beauty made history at the 1948 Olympics in London when she leaped to a record-breaking height of 5 feet, 6 and 1/8 inches in the high jump finals to become the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Alice Coachman. Do you think you could beat her record in high jumps?

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Alice Coachman was one of 10 children and was raised in the segregated south. She was denied any form of training and participation in organized sports events. So like any determined teen would do, she trained on her own. She ran barefoot in fields and on dirt roads, using old equipment to improve her high jump.

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When Alice attended high school, she trained under the boys’ track coach, Harry E. Lash. At 16 years old she was already scouted and given a scholarship by the athletic department at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Before attending college she made her mark at Madison High School, leaving them with a new high jump record. But before even stepping foot into Tuskegee Institute, she managed to beat the college high jump record in the Amateur Athlete Union national championship’s track and field competition.

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In 1948, Alice went to London to compete in the Olympics and was finally able to show the world how talented she was. On that day she made history, becoming the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

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Later in life, Alice went back to Albany College to finish her degree. She also established the Alice Coachman Track and Field Foundation to help support younger athletes and provide assistance to retired Olympic veterans. We love a beauty who is also able to give back in any shape or form! Alice was a go-getter and made history. Her achievements will never be forgotten! Alice is a girl with beauty and brains.

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