National Girls & Women In Sports Day – Interview With My 12 Year Olds!

February 7, 2019 -
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This post is sponsored by my friends at Athleta, but as always, all opinions are my own.

 

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Today, The Women’s Sports Foundation shows that girls drop out of sports 2x as fast as boys.

This means that girls are walking away from sports before they even realize their full potential.

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Being someone who has grown up in sports, this hits home, as I know we can struggle with body image, confidence, & self-esteem issues that hold us back.

Having a role model to empower you to succeed can make all the difference in life—and in sticking with a sport or activity.

Being considered a role model is humbling and something that I take great pride in.

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I feel a sense of responsibility to set a powerful example, show my flaws, & be true to who I am, even when the (social media) world can make you want to not show your true self or put pressure on you to be something you’re not.

My friends at Athleta are empowering all of us to harness the #powerofshe with not only ourselves and others, but especially the youth.

I feel so lucky to be able to train multiple youth girls every single week and empower them to find their full potential. It’s become such a passion of mine.

Sports and physical activity set me up for so many life lessons I’ve learned along the way and a huge reason why I’m so passionate to pass it along to our youth.

I’ve always loved working with kids and knew from a young age that I also loved teaching.

IMG_5384The more I set the example, the more the girls feel comfortable to give it there all.

I started College as an Elementary Education major and changed my major to Health & Physical Education within 5 months of school, knowing that I wanted to focus in on that field.

Even though I didn’t go the teacher route, I do feel that that 4 years of experience set me up for exactly what I do today by teaching through fitness.

From struggling with anxiety and disordered eating (I wrote this blog post 6 years ago now, but still a deep look into my story) from the age of 10, I understand that we can go through a lot in our younger years.

I truly believe having to go through what I’ve been through has made me so passionate to support & guide youth girls.

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I’m blessed to have MULTIPLE clients who can be considered “youth” from the ages of 10-21 who trust me on their journeys.

Today I’m going to introduce you to an awesome group of my girls who I train every Saturday morning.

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Not only did we get to shoot with the talented @Mikayla_PascoPhotography but I also interviewed each one of my girls so you can get to know them better and see who inspires them and what the #POWEROFSHE means to them.

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Plus, how adorable are these outfits from Athleta Girl!? The girls raved about them being so comfortable, easy to move in, & loved the colors.

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I thought I had energy, until I met these girls ;] and their answers are adorable and full of strength.

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1. Meet Hannah!

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1.) What’s your Name, Age, & Favorite Sport?

Hannah, 12, soccer

2.) Why do you like to train?

I like to train because it makes me stronger mentally and physically. I also love hanging out with my friends.

3.) How does training make you feel?

Training makes me feel stronger, faster, healthier, and happier.

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4.) Who is a woman who inspires you & why?

A woman that inspires me is my mom. I know what your thinking everyone says their mom but it’s true. My mom works very hard to support her family and she loves me with all her heart. She is so strong and beautiful and I’m so thankful for her.

Another woman I’m thankful for is Kasey because she helps me become happier, healthier, stronger, smarter, and many more. Kasey is just an amazing person to be around. Her energy and happiness makes all of her clients instantly happy. Kasey also pushes us to work our hardest. Thank you Kasey!!

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5.) What does the #POWEROFSHE mean to you?

The power of she means to me that just because your a girl doesn’t mean you can’t do something that a girl “can’t do”. I think girls have the power to do what they want and achieve their goals if they work hard

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2. Meet Syd!

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1.) What is your name, age, & favorite sport?

My name is Sydney Catherine DiChiappari. I am 12 years old and my favorite sport to play is basketball or lacrosse.

2.) Why do you like to train?

I like to train because it helps me get stronger and in shape and it’s really fun working out with my friends all together.

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3.) How does training make you feel?

Training makes me feel like I get stronger physically and emotionally too. It helps me when I am stressed and I look forward every week to going to Kasey’s because I know I will feel good and have fun.

4.) Who is a woman who inspires you & why?

A woman who inspires me is my mom. She always supports me in what I do and believes in me. She is always there for me and we have so much fun together.

Another woman who inspires me is Kasey. She is super fun and kind and you always have a fun time with her. She is strong physically and mentally and is just the best to be around. 

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5.) What does the #POWEROFSHE mean to you?

The “power of she” to me means that we “girls/she” can do anything we set our mind too. We are strong women!

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3. Meet Cate!

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1.) What is your name, age, & favorite sport?

My name is Cate Merriam, I’m 12 years old, and my favorite sport to play is tennis.

2.) Why do you like to train?

I like to train because it is so fun and being fit means being happy!

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3.) How does training make you feel?

Training makes me feel so good. I don’t really know how to describe it; It makes me feel good about myself and strong!

4.) Who is a woman who inspires you & why?

The woman who inspires me is my mom, because she never gives up. Even when her job gets frustrating and difficult, she persists. Also, she makes people happy, and I want to make people happy too.

She always has a positive attitude and cares so much about other people, but also takes great care of herself, leaving most weekday mornings at 5:45 to go work out. That’s dedication!

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5.) What does the #POWEROFSHE mean to you?

To me, “the power of she” is the power of women. We all are so strong, and I think that the “power of she” is reminding women all over how strong every single one of them is.

But the power doesn’t always have to be physical, like how much you can lift. It’s about how strong we are on the inside. The “power of she” is girls supporting girls and telling ourselves and each other how awesome and unique we all are.

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4. Meet Amelia!

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1.) What is your name, age, & favorite sport?

My name is Amelia, I’m 12 years old, and I like Soccer!

2.) Why do you like to train?

I like to train because it’s just so much fun. Kasey makes it just so much fun.

3.) How does training make you feel?

Training makes me feel accomplished and stronger.

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4.) Who is a woman who inspires you & why?

A women that inspires me is my Mom because she always keeps me going, staying positive, and always trying for me to do my best at what I can achieve.

Another female that inspires me is Kasey Brown because if I give up she keeps me going and she’s just the best.
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5.) What does the #POWEROFSHE mean to you?

What the “power of she” means to me is  to join and empower girls like my group and my age. Also, creating limitless power in what you can achieve.

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5. Meet Lilly!

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1.) What is your name, age, & favorite sport?

Lilliana, 12, and my favorite sport is Soccer.

2.) Why do you like to train?

I like to train because it helps with my speed and my fitness.

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3.) How does training make you feel?

Training makes me feel good because I’m helping my body get stronger.

4.) Who is a woman who inspires you & why?

My mom inspires me because she pushes me to do things even know it might be hard. Kasey Brown also inspires me by pushing me to get better.

5.) What does the #POWEROFSHE mean to you?

The “power of she” means to me that I can do anything that I put my mine to.

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It’s safe to say that these girls inspire ME to always stay true to myself and let our light shine through.

It’s so rewarding to see what a difference that having a positive experience with fitness can do for their strength, courage, & confidence.

That’s all I’ve ever wanted with my career…to inspire my clients to live their fullest potential and find belief in-themselves that they can make it through all challenges.

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Always remember that these little ears are listening and they are truly sponges.

The energy you give off is the energy they receive.

In a world that can be tough to navigate, it’s awesome that these girls have found such inspiration and dedication through physical activity.

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Thank you Athleta for reminding all girls to harness their inner #POWEROFSHE and throw it around like glitter.

You can find all of the Athleta Girl outfit details [here].

Who is someone that inspires you?

Be true to you,

xo Kasey

 

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