Kent Place Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day
“As the athletic director of an all-girls school, I want to take a moment to talk about the benefits that sports offer our young people here at Kent Place,” said Bobbi Moran, the school’s Director of Athletics. “The mission of our Athletics Department is to build strong, confident, self-assured young people through interscholastic and physical education programs. Our talented and passionate coaches see sports as an outdoor classroom and an extension of the learning space. At KPS, sports are co-curricular, not extra-curricular.”
As part of NGWSD, Moran spoke to women at KPS whose athletics experiences have had an impact on their lives and who now serve as role models.
“Many of the most important lessons of success in my career and personal life have come from my involvement in athletics as a child and as an adult,” said Jennifer Galambos, Kent Place Head of School. “Through competitive sports, I learned how to persevere, to visualize my success, to negotiate, and most importantly, how to collaborate and rely on teammates in order to achieve a common goal. Whether it’s winning a game or executing a new work strategy, the skills are the same.”
“Participating in sports, especially in middle and high school, during what’s typically a difficult time in the life of an adolescent, can be a critical component of a young girl’s physical and emotional well-being,” said Meagan O’Connor, KPS varsity soccer coach. “Sports build confidence and self-esteem; participating in a sport also helps to develop strong and positive relationships, helps to build grit and the ability to navigate challenges, and offers the opportunity to feel pride and satisfaction in achieving goals.”
Ashley Quinn, varsity lacrosse coach, said, “Lessons learned in sports parallel the real world, managing relationships, motherhood, the corporate world. Sports teaches us how to embrace failure and move forward from mistakes. Sports are about knowing your team is a safe and supportive space, collectively working towards a common goal. They’re a celebration of success, recognition of defeat, and the identification of how we respond in these situations.”
“Sports at an early age for girls creates a sense of self-worth and self-confidence, said Sue Murray, varsity basketball coach. “They provide a place where ‘we’ belong, an opportunity to stand in our own powerful skin. Sports lend themselves to leadership, both on and off the court or field.”
This year’s NGWSD theme is Lead Her Forward, “to honor the many ways that sports push girls and young women to achieve excellence and realize their potential. The Women’s Sports Foundation applauds the vital role played by the individuals and organizations championing girls and women in sports: advocates seeking to protect Title IX and advance gender equity, athletes using their powerful platform to inspire greatness, and coaches working daily to unlock girls’ limitless capabilities. This year, NGWSD celebrates all the girls and women across the nation leading us forward into a bright future.”
That's our mantra in robotics. Try crazy things, be free with your ideas, and see what happens. If you're going to build the future, you'll need to be a pioneer. –Emma, seventh grade
LEAN INTO DIFFICULTY.
When it comes to academics, it pays to challenge yourself. I'm in the Bioethics Symposium, presenting research on the ethics of genetically-enhanced intelligence. At times it's daunting—research, deadlines, time management—but it's also a whole new way of thinking. Very independent and "you-driven." –Isabella, sophomore
OWN YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE
It's one of the "conversation norms" we have at Kent Place, and it's always resonated with me. Everyone has a different and equally valid perspective to bring to the table—so put yourself out there. –Mary, senior
DON’T THINK YOU’RE GOING TO GET A LABEL.
There are no jocks here at Kent Place, no science geeks, no theater nerds. Last month a varsity athlete went to sing at the Vatican. Everyone here has some unique quality — and they’re amazing at what they do. –Claire, senior
REACH BEYOND WHAT YOU THINK YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH.
You'll face plenty of challenges, but push through them. Brilliant women use their resources: their teachers, our studios and library and, of course, each other. If you're stuck, collaboration can almost always get you across the finish line. –Suzanne Carreno-Powers, Math Teacher and STEM Coordinator
GET READY FOR RIGOROUS WORK.
And multiple extracurricular activities. Busy days, and a few late nights. But through it all, don’t lose your sense of fun. –Alessandra, junior
KPS alumnae are amazing. I met one alumna after a math and science panel who works in retail architecture. That made me think about a cool way to combine two of my interests — math and fashion. –Amber, junior
YOUR TIME AT KPS IS GOING TO OPEN UP OPTIONS YOU HADN'T EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT.
And when it's time to choose, you're going to know yourself so well, you'll pick the college that's the best fit for you—academically, socially, personally. So don't get tunnel vision. This is your process. Just know that you'll be ready! –Jennifer Simpson, Director of College Advising
SOLVING PROBLEMS IS A JOURNEY, ENJOY THE RIDE!
In the Middle School we do a Science Expo—either two or four people work on a science project for a couple of months and then present it to the entire class. We go into some in-depth projects and it’s incredible what we learn along the way, and how willing our teachers are to help us through the tough parts. –Toni Ann, eighth grade
SPEAK YOUR MIND.
Every girl here learns from an early age how to speak up and speak to adults. You never feel silly raising your hand, and you’re given lots of opportunities to speak publicly. I’m never shy about saying what’s on my mind. –Vittoria, fourth grade
ETHICS WILL CHANGE YOUR ENTIRE OUTLOOK.
Right away, we tackled questions of "right versus right." We're learning to look at every issue from both sides, which helps with everything from homework to friendships. –Elizabeth, eighth grade