What has Title IX allowed you to accomplish as a female athlete?
Title IX has given me the opportunity to grow and play the sport that I love and the opportunity to find my best friends. Not only at Oregon but throughout every team I’ve ever been a part of. It’s really great to be a part of something where women can empower one another and lift each other up.
What is something you’re passionate about outside of athletics?
I would say I am really passionate about people. Throughout my experience at Oregon, I’ve learned to value a lot of people for individuality and who they are. Through Women In Flight, I think I’ve had a great opportunity just to grow. We have a Women of Oregon program that I was a part of for two years, and I was able to meet a lot of other female student-athletes and get to know people better. Then that’s something I want to do with my future, just connect with people and tell their stories.
What are you career interest post-graduation?
I feel like I want to work in advertising, but I think I really want to focus on storytelling and really learning why people act the way they do and why they interact with one another—learning what makes people happy and sad.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside?
I think nature is a place where I can relax and rejuvenate. It’s a huge part of the reason why I chose to come out to Oregon. When I first visited, I saw how big the trees were, the mountains, the water, and I was just immediately drawn. It’s somewhere I go when I’m super stressed or just need a break in my life, and I can just go there and recharge and be ready to go on. I really enjoy hiking, boating, and fishing.
How has Women In Flight given you a more fulfilling experience as a student-athlete?
Women In Flight has helped me be a part of, I would like to say, arguably the best athletic department in the country, especially for women’s sports. I think all of our female teams really support one another, and I think that’s a big part of Women In Flight. It also helps us come together as a team. We go on a lot of different trips. There’s a big trip to Europe that a lot of teams go on. That’s one really cool opportunity that they give us. And I think our donors are incredible. They’re giving us so many opportunities to excel on the field and grow as women off the field.
What is your favorite team bonding memory?
When we went to the coast one year, we did this high ropes course, adventure kind of thing, which was really cool and fun. I think it helped us come together as a team as well. A lot of people were really terrified, but I think that’s what made it fun. We were able to come together and accomplish this goal that was out of line for us and not just on the field. And I think it helped us grow.
Who inspires you and why?
I would say someone who inspires me would be my former teammate and one of my best friends, Shannon. She was always very positive and always looking out for everybody else. She’s a great listener, and those are things I really value in a person, and I think I strive to do. She was also a great lacrosse player. She’s now in medical school. She’s a great person to have in my life and someone I can continually look to and try to push my limits.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would say to own who you are. And to really know every day you’re going to step into the world, you’re going to be great because of who you are, and you’re going to push yourself, and the people around you are going to love you and care for you. And if they don’t, then you’re moving on.
SIGN UP FOR NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY!
Through her internship with the UO Sport & Wellness Initiative, Lilly plays a hand in organizing several events for the Oregon community – including the upcoming National Girls and Women In Sports Day event on April 30th.
Give a gift in honor of Lilly’s hard work and register to join us for a day of fun at The Autzen Complex for NGWSD on April 30th!