Celebrating 24 years of helping over 45,000 girls become gamechangers.

We are excited to announce more details about our upcoming Field of Dreams Gala. This year marks our 24th anniversary as an organization. The theme will be #HereForHer, to highlight the importance of solidarity and teamwork in the movement for female empowerment. The event will be held at the Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile on Thursday, February 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The evening will begin with a VIP cocktail reception, where guests can meet and mingle with honorees and teen participants in Girls in the Game programming. From there, current Girls in the Game Teen Squad Seniors will give their opening remarks and share their personal growth through Girls in the Game programs. Following dinner, the teens will introduce the 2019 Champions. Champions are chosen on the basis of their achievements in one of our mission’s key pillars: sports, health, leadership and life.

The 2018 Field of Dreams Gala was sold out, raising nearly $325,000 to help girls grow up healthy, strong and confident. The theme #AskWhyNot encouraged girls to be ambitious and reach for the stars. Last year’s Honorees included Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx, seven-time WNBA all-star Cappie Pondexter, photographer and former soccer player Kate T. Parker and the US Women’s national ice hockey team.

It was moving to hear Teen Squad member, Amira, talk about what last year’s theme, #AskWhyNot, meant to her.

“It’s expected for boys and men to be physically strong, skilled, well-coordinated and to go above and beyond in sports. But Why Not girls? It seems that most people put girls’ athletic abilities below boys and aren’t willing to support girls who want to be trailblazers in their sport.

This makes me think of an issue that I’ve noticed in my own high school. When it comes to boys’ and girls’ basketball games, there is a huge difference in support. At boy’s home games, the stands are nearly filled with family, friends and classmates. When it comes to girl’s games, the stands aren’t nearly as full. This is upsetting to me and makes me wonder Why Not girls? Girls are just as talented and athletic as boys are and they put in just as much training, if not more. I run track and field, and I know the training that I put in, so I believe that girls deserve the same credit and support as boys in sports. One thing that continues to give me hope is watching those female athletes that prove my point, fill the stands and impress everyone who comes to watch them play.”

We are so proud of all the amazing accomplishments that teens have made this past year. Show that you’re #HereForHer at the 2019 Field of Dreams Gala to hear this year’s Girls in the Game graduating class talk about their experiences. Register for the 2019 Field of Dreams Gala here.

If you are unable to attend in person, here are 5 steps you can take to support the event!

  1. Shop our online auction for amazing experiences, memorabilia and travel
  2. Take the time to encourage a girl in your life, young or old
  3. Donate to the campaign
  4. Use #HereforHer on social media to let others know you support girls’ empowerment
  5. Participate with us on International Women’s Day (March 8) by sharing our posts, hosting an online fundraiser and adding your voice to our cause

This article was written in collaboration with Yakkety Yak.
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