Empowering Female Student Athletes Through "Women For Women" Social Responsibility Programming in Intercollegiate Athletics

Anne Shadle, University of Missouri, USA
Scotta Morton, University of Missouri, USA
Lea Lafield, University of Missouri - Columbia, USA

Theme: Life skills/learning strategies (includes coping)

Program ID: WKSP-17

Presentation: October 3, 2013 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Room: Elmwood


Every leader in intercollegiate sport faces the challenge of dealing with and responding to their athletes’ socially irresponsible and destructive behaviors. Research consistently reveals that student-athletes engage in binge drinking at higher rates than their non-athlete peers (Hildebrand, Johnson, & Bogle, 2001); that college-aged women are at a higher risk for sexual assault, and that 1 in 4 women experience rape or sexual violence at some point in their college career (Karjane, Fisher, & Cullen, 2002). “Women for Women,” was developed and successfully implemented to bring awareness to these issues and others, provides a model for lifelong mental well-being through sport and exercise that aligns with the values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence. Empowering female student-athletes to live their best life by specifically developing self-worth, identity, respect, body-image satisfaction, integrity, community, independence, leadership and more is the primary objective of the “Women for Women” program. When individuals increase levels of overall well-being and become engaged in elements of the college experience, they feel better and perform better in many life domains (Lyubomirsky, 2008; Astin, 1999). Participants in this workshop will discuss “Empowerment”, and develop creative, inspirational approaches for nurturing and cultivating this in their women. “Empowering Women” is literally the goal and focus! Empowerment of self and others to live a life that matters! Participants will gain: •a clear understanding of the importance of Empowerment •a clear understanding of many issues facing female student athletes •an awareness of the need for “physical and mental well-being” resources and support services •the importance of “bystander intervention” The workshop experience will be delivered through dialog, discussion, video clips, small and large group interaction, and development of an individual plan of action. Examples of the model program will be shared. Participants will leave inspired to become a part of the answer!

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