It takes a village. Our female student-athletes not only benefit from their family and friends’ support, but also from the support of alumni, former athletes, fans, the Oregon community, and countless others. Without these allies, Oregon women’s athletic programs wouldn’t be where they are today. Learn more about our allies below!
Trail Blazers believe in their worth and believe in others. It hasn’t been an easy road. The decisions they made, the shots they’ve taken, and the discomfort they’ve pushed through was all to make progress possible. Trail Blazers posed the question, “Can I play?” and showed they could. They braved uncomfortable conversations and were smart enough to navigate them effectively. They want the road for young women to be smooth, not because it’s easier, but because their efforts are better spent on innovation and passion, not overdue equality and disbelief.
Reformers have spent their lives surprising people. Their standards are high for themselves and for their counterparts. They pour themselves into their passions and make a point to change what needs changing. Reformers toast to trying again after they’ve failed, to promotions, life decisions, saying no thank you, and to conquered fears. Because of the way they carry themselves and the way they choose to live with intention, little girls look up to Reformers and say “I want to be like her.”
Believers tell the women they hire, the women they know, and the women they love how special they are. They build women up and cheer them on for every success. They listen with care and intent, but never go easy because they know women will rise to the occasion. Believers align themselves with women that strive to be the best. They urge young women to connect with inspiring female role models, just like they do. If given the opportunity to play a role in the success of a women, Believers show up – always.
STORIES OF OUR ALLIES
As part of celebrating 50 years, we want to highlight the voices of those who came before us, those who are breaking barriers, and those who inspire us in a million little ways. Explore our conversations with the Women of Oregon and powerful women everywhere, which we bet will leave you feeling ready to take on the world. We also encourage gifts made in honor of the Trail Blazers, Reformers, and Believers in these stories, or the women in your own life who inspire you daily.
TELL US YOUR STORY
Throughout the year, we’re celebrating the amazing feats of women all over the world. If you have an inspiring story of your own or know someone whose experiences deserve recognition, we invite you to share with us!
By forming new partnerships across the University of Oregon campus and the surrounding community, we’re better positioned to provide our female student-athletes with a positive experience.