This year’s theme for the NFL Women’s Summit was Plays for Life, and the focus on the event was to create an interactive experience for young women to discuss how to achieve goals, prepare for challenges, and utilize tools critical for personal and professional development.
C. E. King participants were introduced to a variety of inspiring speakers, new career ideas, and tools for success. They were also able to discuss important topics around mentorships, future career paths, and being their own advocate and finding their voice.
Fox Sports broadcaster Pam Oliver hosted the two-day event. Students were able to hear inspiring stories from young women who were game changers in their field. Women who broke through barriers to stand up for all women and the voice they have today.
Students were encouraged to “find their passion” by local Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas, who also said that that authenticity takes practice.
Speaker and founder of I AM THAT GIRL and CEO of ProtectHer Alexis Jones spoke to students about loving yourself and the other women around you.
“Collaboration over competition gets you exponentially further toward you goal,” Jones said.
Jones wanted the young women to understand that it is OK to work together instead of against each other.
Olympic Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad spoke to the young women about her journey as a Black Muslim in the United States – and as a fencer. She talked about overcoming obstacles within her sport and in her own everyday life.
“There should never be a level of comfort to be made to feel different,” Muhammad said.
The C. E. King students also participated in an NFL Analyze session and were able to meet pro football player Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers; Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera; and Aeneus Williams, former pro football player and Hall of Fame member.
Lisa Friel, Investigations Special Council for the NFL, and her Dartmouth Head Basketball Coach, Chris Weiglus, talked about how Title IV improved the girls’ basketball program in the 1970s and the hardships they faced to win the Ivy Leagues four years after the team started.
The students were able to learn about flag football from the Women’s Football Team as well as learned about how to promote themselves via Awesomeness TV. They also had the opportunity to here from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and his daughter, Ashley; Houston Texan Devon Still and his daughter, Lead; and Congresswomen Shelia Jackson Lee.