Today is the 33rd Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day!  Whether one is the best of the best or just starting out, sport and physical activity can empower girls and women to push past perceived limits in sports and in life.

In the ten years of hosting this contest, we have read more than a thousand essays from young women who, through their writing, have shared their triumphs and struggles. Their ability to persevere, invest in their communities, pick up their teammates and find personal success through sport has demonstrated the best and the worst that sport has to offer.  Through their dedication, this generation of young athletes will become tomorrows leaders and we couldn’t be more excited about the future!

Please visit our Winning Essays tab to read the work of our winners.


2019 NGWSD Essay Contest Winners

Grades K-2

Winner – Kaelyn Love, 1st grade, Council Rock Primary School

Honorable Mention – Jenna Tillinghast, 2nd grade, St. Kateri School

Honorable Mention – Loralei Love, 1st grade, Council Rock Primary School



Grades 3-5

Winner – Lily Barczys, 4th grade, Taylor Elementary School

Honorable Mention – Josie Lamanna, 3rd grade, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elementary School

Honorable Mention – Abigail Marcello, 4th grade, Taylor Elementary School


Grades 6-8

Winner – Elizabeth Komara, 8th grade, Geneva Middle School

Honorable Mention – Frances Pogroszewski, 6th grade, Aquinas Institute

Honorable Mention – Alexandria McKeel, 6th grade, Livonia Middle School


Grades 9-12

Winner – Ellen Henry, 10th grade, Pittsford Mendon High School

Honorable Mention – Kelechi Rachel Dimgba, 12th grade, Greece Athena High School

Honorable Mention – Alanna Jordan, 10th Grade, Our Lady of Mercy


Group Entry

Winners – Alexis Maysick, Lilian Godfrey, and Chloe Fuller, 3rd grade, Churchville Elementary School


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