Seattle Panel Discussion: Increasing Female Participation in Sport

April 09, 2014
11:45am-1:00pm This event is free and lunch will be served.
Northeastern University-Seattle / 401 Terry Ave. N., Suite 103 Seattle, WA 98109

The Hub for Sport-Based Youth Development

The Center for the Study of Sport in Society has worked extensively with local and national sport-based youth development organizations to identify their organizational challenges and assets.  With this data, Sport in Society has developed a series of collaborative learning forums, webinars, and online resources that are designed specifically for organizations that strive to use sport for positive youth development. The offerings below are intended to meet these needs by providing solution-oriented meetings, panel discussions, and showcases. Lunch will be served.

Wednesday, April 9th: Increasing Female Participation in Sports

This free panel will examine the need to increase female participation in sports programs, and strategies for doing so.  Featured panelists include:

Becky Antilla: Program Manager for Girls on the Run of Puget Sound

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. Their core curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being.

After several years working in elementary education and coaching youth sports, Becky is thrilled to bring her skills to a mission-focused organization that celebrates diversity, connectedness, gratitude, and empowerment.  She feels fortunate to work with amazing volunteers who generously share their talents and time as we inspire girls to be healthy, joyful, and confident. Becky is an avid runner and enjoys yoga and reading the New York Times.


Kelly James, Esq: Principal at Education First & Former All American

Kelly is Education First’s leading expert on strategic planning and organizational capacity building. Prior to Education First, she was as a foundation program officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Raikes Foundation and the Steans Family Foundation. Kelly served as the founding executive director of Chicago SCORES, a nonprofit organization providing after-school soccer and literacy programs for public school students.

Kelly received her JD from the University of Chicago and bachelor’s in sociology from the College of Wooster in Ohio. She is a two-time NCAC All-American soccer player.


Ariana Kukors: Olympian Swimmer & Sport Ambassador
Ariana began swimming competitively at age 5 because her older sister, Emily, joined a swim team and she wanted to be just like her! Ariana made her first USA National Team at age 15 and won her first International Medal at age 17. In 2008, Ariana missed making the Olympic Team by 0.08 in the 200 IM. In 2009, she won her first World Championship title and set the 200 IM World Record. At the 2012 Summer Olympics she placed fifth in the 200-meter individual medley event. Throughout her career, Ariana has won 11 National Championships, won 7 International Medals, broken 4 American Records, and 1 World Record. She is the current world record holder in the 200 IM.

Ariana is currently the Director of Health Inspiration at LifeWise Health Plan of Washington. She reported on the Sochi Olympics for NBC Affiliate King 5 Seattle.


Justine Siegal, PhD: Director of Sport Partnerships for Sport in Society
A true pioneer, Justine is the first woman to coach men’s professional baseball or to throw batting practice to a Major League Baseball team. She is the Founder of Baseball For All, a nonprofit that provides opportunities for girls in baseball. She has been featured in thousands of media outlets including: The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, NPR’s All Things Considered, and ESPN. Justine received her PhD in Sport Psychology from Springfield College.

Her nonprofit, Baseball For All, provides meaningful opportunities in baseball, especially for girls. Her 12 and under team, the Sparks, are the subject of the documentary, “Girls of Summer.” The Sparks became the first girls’ team to compete in a national boys baseball tournament.  Baseball For All runs programming across the United States.

Justine was honored by the Women’s Sport Foundation at their 32nd Annual Salute to Women in Sports Gala. USA Baseball nominated her for an IOC Woman of the Year Award. In 2013 espnW named Justine one of their Everyday Heroes.

Please RSVP for this complimentary lunch forum. The event is free but registration is required.