The LA Galaxy Foundation welcomed 80 high school female athletes to attend the second annual LA Galaxy High School Girls’ Summit presented by Southern New Hampshire University at Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday, September 28. Partnering with Southern New Hampshire University, this free event invited female athletes from local school districts and at-risk communities for brunch and the opportunity to meet with former collegiate athletes and female executives from the Los Angeles sport and entertainment industry.
To begin programming, student-athletes underwent a Positive Coaching Alliance workshop promoting “Better Athletes, Better People” led by Long Beach local and former UCLA collegiate softball player, Marti Reed. Following Marti, LA Galaxy Human Resources Coordinator, Sara Castillo, lead a discussion on social media presence and resume tips to help prepare the student-athletes for the next chapter in their lives.
A young professional panel focusing on “Setting Up for Success: On and Off the Field” then led a discussion, exposing these future female leaders to their own personal experiences while providing their do’s and don’ts regarding college preparation and readiness. Following the panel, attendees were then able to meet with a mentor in small groups and learn what it takes to be a powerful woman in the sports and entertainment industry. AEG, Los Angeles Lakers, Dignity Health, SNHU, LA Kings, LA Chargers’ and the Galaxy were just some of the organizations represented at the event.
The Summit featured local Carson community business, Juice-C-Juice Books & More, who brought fresh-pressed juices for the attendees to sample and enjoy, encouraging a healthy lifestyle. High school students also received giveaways from the LA Galaxy Foundation and SNHU, won raffle prizes provided by AEG Presents and had an opportunity to bring a commemorative photo home from the photobooth.
The LA Galaxy High School Girls’ Summit was a continuation of the LA Galaxy Women’s Leadership Series which empowers female student-athletes with knowledge and opportunities to inspire the next generation of leaders in Los Angeles.