Patty Daley, a highly-successful women's lacrosse coach and official, talking with some of her Check-Hers Elite Club players.

US Lacrosse is proud to support the 35th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day. We kicked off the celebration with an Instgram Live session last night featuring the goalies from the 2017 world champion U.S. women’s team — Gussie Johns and Devon Wills.

We will have two additional live talks today on our U.S. women's team Instagram channel:

  • 1 p.m. (Eastern): Kristen Carr (U.S. team defender/Johns Hopkins assistant coach) and Jenny Levy (head coach U.S. team and North Carolina)
  • 4:30 p.m. (Eastern): Lindsey Munday (former U.S. team captain/USC head coach) and Michelle Tumolo (U.S. team attacker/Wagner head coach)

The sessions pair current U.S. team players with their mentors and role models to show how girls can be inspired to continue playing sports to achieve their dreams.

We are also grateful to have the perspective of Patty Daley, one of the sport’s most respected officials and a successful club coach. She shares her thoughts as a leader and advocate for female athletes, officials and coaches in lacrosse.

  • As a Check-Hers Elite Club lacrosse coach, #ILeadHerForward by ensuring there are positive/challenging/supportive messages to all female athletes —  that it is ok to strive to be great, to be yourself, to be unique, to be a leader and good teammate, to separate yourself from others, and most of all to pave your own way to college rather than following another’s path. 
  • As an Executive Director of the Collegiate Women’s Lacrosse Officiating Organization, #ILeadHerForward by getting out there for officials — being present to observe, giving feedback for improvement and growth, getting on calls with officials, doing X’s and O’s with officials, promoting teaching and learning, being their advocate and supporter, challenging officials to study the game to be at their best, and being behind the organization’s effort to improve officiating in the collegiate women’s game.
  • #ILeadHerForward by working closely with the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Organization, NCAA, and US LacrosseAll of us — coaches, players, officials, assignors, and athletic directors — are essential components of the game. Interacting, collaborating and advocating for and amongst one another is essential. We are committed to creating and sustaining strong, collaborative relationships across organizations to strengthen the women’s game. It’s not about one of us — it’s about all of us working together to make the game better!

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