This Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating the achievements of two EMA community members – Coach Brit Moore and EMA Alumna, Samantha Glickman – each of whom is inspiring women and girls, in their own way, to stay in the game.
There are many things that contribute to gender inequality in sports, including the lack of representation and support at the amateur, collegiate and professional levels.
When young girls don’t see women athletes or coaches, they’re less encouraged to participate. And even when they do,
Girls are twice as likely as boys to drop out of sports by age 14.
The result is a lasting effect on a student’s development, both in terms of their athletic abilities and their sense of self-worth. That’s why it’s important that EMA champions a supportive environment that allows for equal participation so that
All children may benefit from all that sports have to offer during their most formative years.
Read on to hear how Coach Brit Moore and Samantha Glickman apply EMA values to empower girls in sports.
“Last one, best one”
Samantha Glickman learned this saying as a 5th grader participating in EMA’s program, and it’s been a part of her success ever since.
She’s now a sophomore playing basketball at Hamilton University in Upstate New York, and whenever she’s doing anything, she always tells herself: “last one, best one.”
According to Samantha, the most impactful things she learned from Coach Gumbs and EMA were about hard work and resilience, and they prepared her for college.
Samantha noticed a big step up from high school regarding what was asked of her and the expectations about her new role and saw how EMA has prepared her to take on this new position. Sam said,
“EMA taught me to show up as an encouraging and energetic leader, team member, and basketball player.”
The mindful coach
“Before the pandemic, my approach to adversity was to find a solution and keep going until I was, hopefully, able to overcome it. Now, if things get a little rough, I am all about taking a break and shifting my mindset.”
Coach Brit Moore’s answer to the question “how do you face adversity?” has a lot to do with the reason why she recently joined EMA’s ecosystem.
Mentor, teacher and role model, her goal is to
Give back to the younger generation and help her students thrive.
Coach Brit wants to empower the world not just with basketball — but with human growth as a whole.
Everyone’s story with youth sports is different. Coach Brit is a former high school, collegiate and professional basketball player who played overseas.
She had the opportunity to try a few different sports modalities before choosing basketball and found good mentors to help her throughout her career. She’s now paying it forward.
Her work is driven by ethics, integrity and impact and she works every day to be an inspirational leader to her students.
EMA is proud to honor Coach Brit and Samantha Glickman along with all the women and girls who continue to push for equal representation in sports.