Official 2023 Essay Contest Launch!

We are super excited to announce this year’s themes for the 14th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day Essay Contest! Each year we offer an opportunity for young girls and women to share their ideas about the power and impact of sport in their lives and in their communities. Any girl grades K-12 is eligible to enter and there are submission parameters related to different grade levels. Authors are invited to write about of these three themes this year.

  1. Champions Through Challenges – sport is not always easy. Sport often throws stress, injury, defeat, poor sports, pressure to perform, and a very busy schedule at athletes during their playing careers. Write about how these challenges can actually help you to become a champion in sport and in your daily life.
  2. Linking Academics and Athletics – often, sport participation requires particular levels of academic achievement or performance. Write about how you see these two elements being connected and whether you think those two things should be intertwined.
  3. Making Daily Choices – in order to be a successful person and a successful athlete, you need to wake up every day and make choices that move you towards those goals. Write about the choices you make that help you to achieve your goals.

Full contest details and a flyer available for download can be found on our Essay Contest Guidelines tab. Sharpen those pencils or fire up the computer and let’s get to writing!

Let’s Celebrate!

Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day!

The ongoing efforts to #LeadHerForward was exemplified in many of our essay contest entries written by amazing athletes this year. Reading about the importance of mental health, discussions about how the media treats female athletes, and how far we have come since the passage of Title IX show how much sport means to these young women and provide insights into their visions for sport and society in the future. We have no doubt that these girls will be the next generation of women working to #LeadHerForward.

While the first Wednesday in February is always the national day of celebration, girls and women are doing amazing things every day of the year. We encourage everyone to take moments when they see them to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of girls and women everywhere. But now is the time to recognize the outstanding writing entries submitted to this year’s contest! You can visit the 2022 Winning Essays tab to read the winning essays.

Grades 3-5

Winner – Zainab Firdaus, 5th grade, Vintage Hills Elementary

Honorable Mention – Olivia Ines Pereira Saffie, 3rd Grade, Victor Primary School

Grades 6-8

Winner – Ever Mahoney, 6th Grade, Allendale Columbia

Honorable Mention – Kaylee Maas, 8th Grade, Our Lady of Mercy

Grades 9-12

Winner – Delaney Baker, 11th grade, Fairport High School

Honorable Mention – Philani Gqamana, 10th grade, Our Lady of Mercy High School

Honorable Mention – Haylie Smith, 9th grade, Roth Junior High