ELLA Sports Foundation, a 501(c) non-profit organization whose mission is to empower and support young Latinas to become leaders of tomorrow through sports and academic excellence, presents “Raising Girl Athletes: The Seven Whys,” a youth empowerment workshop for girls 8-11 years old. The workshop takes place Saturday, February 18, from 8-11 am at Providence High School, 511 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, California 91505.
The workshop for young girls and their parents is led by Patty Godoy, co-founder of ELLA Sports Foundation, and covers why it’s important for girls to be involved in sports, the benefits of team building as well as how playing sports helps them develop a mindset that will serve them for life.
“ELLA, the Spanish word for “Her” also stands for Empowering Leadership in Latina Athletes, and that is what our workshop is all about,” says Patty Godoy. “During this session, we will explore the seven whys of the importance of girls participating in sports. Not just to acquire discipline in sports but also to develop leadership skills and a sense of self-confidence that will serve them well throughout their lives.”
ABOUT ELLA SPORTS FOUNDATION
ELLA is the Spanish language word for “She.” The acronym stands for Empowering Leadership in Latina Athletes. It was founded by teenager Lilly Travieso and her mother Patty Godoy. Lilly began playing sports at a young age. Over the years, she became passionate about playing softball and dreamed of playing the sport at a top university someday. Lilly embarked on a strenuous mental, physical, and academic journey to achieve her dream. However, along the way, she discovered the many obstacles and disparities faced by Latina athletes culturally and economically.
After an arduous journey facing many obstacles and with the help of her parents, Lilly applied to and was accepted to Cornell University on a sports scholarship. Her own struggles inspired Lilly establish an organization that would help young Latina athletes like herself to have the same opportunities, such as the mentorship and support they need as they embark on their own athletic, academic, and professional journey. With the help of her mother, Patty Godoy, Lilly founded ELLA Sports Foundation, a 501(c) non-profit with a mission to support young Latinas to become leaders of tomorrow through sports and academic excellence.
ELLA, which stands for Empowering Leadership in Latina Athletes, seeks to develop strong Latina leaders that will positively impact their communities while establishing their own legacy. The ELLA network provides young female athletes with opportunities to prepare themselves with college preparatory courses, high quality training, valuable networking, athletic and college mentorship, and exposure to leadership opportunities.
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