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How Lauren Hall will #LeadHerForward

By: Lauren Hall  February 03, 2020

Sports are much more than just a game or just a competition. Sports are an opportunity to learn more about yourself and develop skills that will benefit you in and out of competition. National Girls and Women in Sports Day is all about celebrating and encouraging the involvement of females in sports, so more women can emerge as leaders in sports and life. At USA Cycling, we are lucky to have so many talented and passionate women that are committed to connecting girls and women to sports. Here’s what they have to say about their experiences in sports and how they use their love for sports to enact change.

Lauren Hall, Regional Gift Officer for USA Cycling Foundation

"Growing up I wanted nothing more than to be outside, playing football with my brothers and was always heartbroken when I asked why I couldn't play football like they do. I soon found the 'other' football - soccer and excelled. I played soccer at Mississippi State University on a full scholarship and met some of my best friends in my life in those four years.

After my soccer career was over I was a little lost in my athletic endeavors until I found cycling. Ten years of traveling the world with some of the most amazing women I've met in my life. My female, athletic, driven, confident circle grew tenfold. These are the women that motivate me, daily, to be the best person I can be. I lean on them for advice, guidance, help and any time I need help. From my female coaches in high school, to my soccer teammates and continued with my cycling family, more women in sports equals confidence, support and lifelong friendships.

I joined the USAC foundation team because I want to give to others what was given to me. I want the next generation of athletes have every opportunity to fulfill their dreams, have the exposure to the world as I had and build their confidence in life year after year."

History of the Celebration from Women's Sports Foundation

"The Women’s Sports Foundation was established in 1974 to advance the lives of women and girls through sports and physical activity. February 5, 2020, marks the 34th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). This celebration inspires girls and women to play and be active, to realize their full power. The confidence, strength and character gained through sports participation are the very tools girls and women need to become strong leaders in sports and life."

Join us in Celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day February 5th, 2020!