(Lilly Travieso, founder, ELLA Sports Foundation)

Lilly Travieso and her mother, Patty Godoy-Travieso, co-founders of ELLA Sports Foundation, a 501 (c )(3) non-profit whose mission is to level the playing field for Latina and girl athletes, attended The First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s first-ever “Girls Leading Change” event, held at The White House on Wednesday, October 11. The event was held in honor of International Day of the Girl and honored 15 young girls selected by the White House Gender Policy Council who impact their communities.

(Patty Godoy-Travieso/Lilly Travieso)    (The First Lady Dr. Jill Biden)

“We are honored to be invited to this important gathering celebrating young women who are agents of change in their community,” said Lilly Travieso. “We have been inspired meeting so many role models and energized to continue our work at ELLA Sports Foundation, supporting girl athletes everywhere.”


ELLA, the Spanish word for “Her,” is also the acronym for Empowering Leadership in Latina Athletes. ELLA (EYA) Sports Foundation was inspired by the adversities and inequalities Lilly Travieso experienced while seeking a sports scholarship. The teen experienced obstacles as a young woman and a young woman of color. Finally recruited by Cornell University, where she is currently a Senior athlete, Lilly wanted to make a difference and share with other girl athletes and their parents everything our family learned about navigating school sports. With the help of her mother, Lilly founded ELLA Sports Foundation to empower young women to become leaders of tomorrow through sports and academic excellent. ELLA wants to provide women and their families opportunities and resources to support them so they can succeed in life, and they can make their own legacy, like Lilly is doing.   Watch ELLA’s story on CBS.


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