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Olympic Athletes Visit Simmons for Empowerment Through Sport Conference

February 21, 2014

On Saturday, February 1, Simmons hosted the second annual Empowerment Through Sport Leadership Series (ETSLS) Boston event, a conference aimed at encouraging leadership and change in young female students through athletics.

More than 70 girls and young women in middle school and high school attended a variety of workshops on leadership, teamwork, transitioning from club sports to college, nutrition, health and fitness, and service learning for teams and student-athletes.

The event also featured a number of speakers, including keynote speaker Cat Whitehill, U.S. Women’s Soccer gold medalist and Boston Breakers defender; Angela Hucles, ETSLS Founder and Director and U.S. Women’s Soccer gold medalist; former Wheelock Athletic Director Diana Cutaia; and Simmons student-athlete Nafeesa Connolly ’14, who gave the welcoming address.

Sharks student-athletes and members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a group of student-athletes who serve as liaisons to the student-athlete community and athletic department, volunteered as peer mentors and engaged with attendees in hands-on activities throughout the day.

The event was hosted in collaboration with the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change (SILC), a bridge between Simmons and community organizations with a focus on women and girls.

 [PHOTO: Simmons student-athlete volunteers]