Play Like a Girl Forum

Wednesday, February 1st 2017 may just seem like another ordinary day to most people, but it held a little more meaning to women and girls all over the world. Wednesday was the 31st annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, how amazing is that? The Nashville Sports Council celebrated the day by spending the morning at the Play Like a Girl and the United State of Women forum held at First Tennessee Park.

Men and women came together to listen and learn about the importance of empowering and supporting girls and women of all ages in their journey with sports, along with athletes or those working within the industry. The morning was filled with conversations and guidance from a group of professional athletes, Olympians, and women working within the sport industry.

Some of these incredible women included:

Michelle Carter: Olympic Gold Medalist in Shot Put       Spoke about the importance of knowing the history of the women in sports, and to be confident in everything you do.

Kennetra Searcy: Track & Field Athlete


Mary O’Connor:  President & CEO of WNBA Dallas Wings


Spoke about her journey from being a small town athlete, to getting accepted to Notre Dame, and following her dreams of pursuing a career in sports.

Kara Lynn Joyce: Olympic swimmer and Play Like a Girl National Board of Directors

Monica Abbott: Professional Softball Pitcher      


Spoke about reaching her $1 million, six-year contract with the Houston Scrap Yard Dawgs


Patricia Pierce: Member of the Women in Sports Committee, Nashville Sports Council


Every woman who spoke at the forum was full of inspiration and encouragement that girls and women can take with them and pass along to other women for the rest of their lives. These women are able to fuel desire and hope within young girls that aspire to be the next Monica Abbott, or any female sports figure for that matter.

The Play Like a Girl forum was a great reminder of how important it is to empower young women, and show them what hard work and dedication can do inside sports, their careers, and personal lives. It will be exciting to see the change Play Like a Girl will bring to female athletes across the board. As Kara Lynn Joyce said, “doing anything ‘like a girl’ is strong, and is powerful.”

The mission of the Nashville Sports Council is to positively impact the economy and quality of life to the Greater Nashville Area by bringing and attracting professional and amateur sporting events. The NSC is responsible for bringing sporting events to Nashville such as, NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four, NHL All-Star Game, SEC’s Men’s Basketball Tournament, and many more. The NSC has created the Women in Sports Committe that is designed for women who work in the sport industry, those who enjoy sports, both men’s and women’s sports alike, and for women to be more involved with the sport industry and the Nashville Sports Council. For more information on the Nashville Sports Council and our Women in Sports committee please click here >>