Join Dickinson Athletics as we celebrate the 33rd annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) on February 6, 2019. The day is held during the first week of February to acknowledge the accomplishments of female identifying athletes, recognize the influence of sports participation for women and girls, and continue advocacy for equality of women in sports.
Dickinson Athletics is home to 12 women's athletic programs, dedicated to consistently enhancing the student-athlete experience and embodying a positive example for women and girls in sports worldwide.
This year's NGWSD theme is Lead Her Forward, acknowledging the ways that sports inspire women and girls to strive for excellence and break through barriers. Through the support of our Dickinson community, we are able to equip and provide our women's teams with the best resources to continue to achieve success year by year.
Check in with our Red Devil student-athletes, coaches, and administration for their perspective on being a woman in sports, and on the impact of NGWSD.
To celebrate the 33rd year of this celebration, please consider a gift of $33 or more to support our women's sports programs by making an online donation today. Unique for today, you can send your gift to benefit all women's sports by selecting "McAndrews Fund - Area of Greatest Need," in the designation field, and/or you can choose a specific women's athletic program you'd like your donation to support.
Thank you for your continued support of Dickinson Athletics.
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Margee Ensign, President
"Playing a variety of sports was a big part of my life. Even today, I am an avid squash player and swimmer, and these activities help me focus and gain renewed strength to face challenges and opportunities. The dedication to sport, the hours spent training and the teamwork and discipline required to excel are all traits which have helped me throughout life.
I am so excited that this day honors women and girls who compete. These individuals inspire us with their focus, their hard work and their passion. Dickinson's student athletes are so fortunate that loyal donors contribute to the McAndrews Fund, which ensures that all of our athletes have the best experience possible."
Joel Quattrone, Director of Athletics
"I've been so fortunate to be in a position to watch our women's athletics programs grow. I've also been incredibly blessed to watch my own girls compete in sports, and I know their participation will be invaluable as they work to reach their life goals. They know there isn't anything they can't attain - love and support the journey!
Killian Kueny '19, Softball
- Being a female student-athlete has impacted my life by providing me with close-knit groups of women that support one another and celebrate each-others successes. It has also taught me crucial life skills that I can employ beyond the softball field. My experiences as a female student-athlete have pushed me to be my hardest-working and focused self for the betterment of the women around me, as well as taught me how to work with others towards a common goal. Further, through female athletics, I have met some of the most important, passionate, and driven women in my life.
- Connecting with Dickinson alumni or supporters of Dickinson Softball is an amazing feeling. It is incredibly reassuring knowing that your experience at Dickinson extends beyond your four years on campus. Alumni are extremely receptive to other Dickinsonians, and there is a welcoming and supportive Dickinson network that extends beyond what I could have ever imagined.
- I am most excited to see how the current, younger generations of female athletes will impact sports as a whole. I love the increasing strength and energy that exists within female athletics and I can't wait to see how these ideas of breaking boundaries and expectations of female athletes will develop in the future.
Marie Laverdiere '21, Field Hockey
- Athletics encourage community and individual development. In order for the sports we love to continue thriving, we have to build up the next generation of athletes, whether this is through competitive high school and club programs, or through youth leagues.
- Athletics instills the value of giving back to the community. It helps us see little kids running down the field, and visualize all that they can achieve in the future if we provide them with enough support.
- I want to show girls that they should believe in themselves. I want future female student-athletes to know that they're not just a sideshow for the big teams on campus, but that they have the potential to truly make a difference on the field, in the lives of their teammates, and in the way they perceive themselves. I want them to feel empowered enough to dream big dreams and make realistic plans as to how those dreams can be achieved.
Alanis Perez '19, Women's Squash
- When I connect with alumnae of Dickinson women's squash I feel proud to know that they have been in the same position that I am. I am even prouder to know that I represent a part of Dickinson College that they loved as a student.
- Since my freshman year at Dickinson College, I have always seen female student-athletes as leaders in the classroom and in athletics. Female athletes have shown me that women can pursue their dreams in any field of interest. Personally, it's been a lifelong dream to attend medical school and become a doctor. Learning about Dickinson alums that were female student-athletes who later continued to peruse a medical career serve an example proving to me that if they can do it, then so can I.
- What excites me the most about the future of women's athletics is the thought of equal respect and presentation for both men's and women's sports. I can't wait for the day when little girls playing sports aren't told that "sports are for boys" or that they don't belong on the same playing fields as men. Athletes from both men's and women's teams know what it means to commit and sacrifice for the love of their sport. Equality in representation and respect is what excites me the most. Equal passion should be treated with equal respect.
Jamie Singer '21, Volleyball
- It is really special when we are able to connect with alumnae and supporters of our program. This year, each team member received a letter from an alumna of our program who wore the same jersey number as we currently wear. This was something unique that we have never done before and it was really memorable for the team. Additionally, we have an alumnae game every year which is another great way to stay connected to the women that helped pave the way for this.
- Being on a team means being a part of a community. Within that, it is important that we support the greater community in our area and strive to give back. Through volunteering and fundraising projects, we come together as a team off the court to support those less fortunate.
- Women's athletics is growing and becoming more and more popular. On a large scale, professional teams are getting more coverage and are gaining a larger following. This, in turn, will affect younger women in sports, where they will gain role models and be able to learn from the best.
Olivia Termini '19, Women's Soccer
- My experience as a female student-athlete has shaped my life in every facet because it has made me the person I am today. It shaped me into a gritty, competitive, and teamwork-oriented individual who is a problem solver, communicator, multitasker, inspirer, and servant leader. Additionally, beginning with my first experience as a captain of a co-ed middle school soccer team (that was mostly comprised of boys), I learned that I am capable of being a leader in a room of men. Since then, I have always felt like I deserve a seat at the table.
- Athletics teaches you the importance of giving others the skills and support they need to empower themselves. Philanthropy at its core exists to give others the tools needed to achieve their goals, whether in financial or technical support. My desire to serve and give has been strengthened by being a part of special programs and places. Athletics cultivates a sense of belonging that is very difficult to replicate, and we want to make sure that all of the athletes after us have amazing experiences.
- When you walk in as a first-year and see student-athletes holding top-notch internships or applying to graduate and law school, to when you look around the room of senior female student athletes and realize how much you have grown together, you realize how lucky we are to be surrounded by motivated, well-rounded, and fearless peers. You think to yourself, "I want to be like them." Your competitiveness kicks nature kicks in while you work at your goals and you work to bring others up with you. It is just like when you are on the line for that last sprint or in the final moments of an overtime game. This environment has led me to life changing experiences including interning at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, studying Latin at Oxford University, and working in the U.S. Senate.
Caroline Tortorella '20, Women's Lacrosse
- The values you take away from being a part of a team directly apply to the relationships you make, the skills you apply in the classroom, and now the ones you utilize in the workforce. As a 4th grader picking up a lacrosse stick for the first time, I couldn't imagine the impact of being a part of a team. The commitment I've made to the sport provides the foundation for who I am.
- Being an athlete has a lot more to do than what is accomplished on the field. Each season we begin by reviewing our team values to set a tone for the season ahead. All of our values apply to our lives outside of lacrosse, being aware of how our actions can impact the people we are around. We prioritize making time to give back to the community whether it be with equipment drives, fundraising, or hosting local clinics.
- One of the biggest take-aways I benefited from being a student-athlete is learning how to use athletics as an outlet. We all know growing up doesn't get any easier and the workload doesn't get any lighter, but being able to take the time you dedicate to your sport as a space where you can forget about all of those obligations for two hours or so has helped me immensely. I want to relay this message to future female student-athletes, especially ones who are hesitant about the balance between life and athletics. The confidence you gain from being able to accomplish this balance will be applied to future initiatives in life. We are also fortunate to be competing during a time where social media coverage is such a powerful instrument used to capture rewarding moments and create awareness of our successes.
Women's Sports Coaches/Administrators
Emily Hays, Women's Basketball - Head Coach
- There is nothing like being a part of a team. As an athlete, I have been challenged and succeeded, and have also learned and grown from failure. When you put everything you have into something, success isn't always guaranteed, but it should never stop you from trying your best and giving it your all. I have learned when you understand the importance of being "all in" and you can commit to that, that is when you can reach your full potential. This applies to anything in life.
- I am a true believer in giving back to who has given to you. Sports have been such a big part of my life and I want to ensure that I am supporting other young girls in following their dreams and creating opportunities for them to play and have the same great experience I did. I enjoy meeting an alumna who is just as passionate about our school and program as I am. I love hearing stories about their experience on and off the court and how it has impacted her positively.
- While there has been a tremendous improvement in equality for women's sports, we are not at the end just yet. I look forward to everyone coming together to continue to bring more opportunities to young girls. #LeadHerForward
Kim Masimore, Women's Lacrosse - Head Coach/Senior Woman Administrator
- My experience as a student-athlete led me to pursue a career in coaching. I was fortunate to have been coached by some very influential women and I wanted the opportunity to positively impact young women the way I was impacted in college. In my opinion, it is vital for young women to have strong female mentors during their transformative college years and I take great pride in serving as one of them.
- You can choose to just play your sport and compartmentalize it in your life, or you can use your platform to do good. I think one of the special pieces of athletics at Dickinson is that there is an expectation that teams will go beyond their fields, courts, track, pool to make an impact. Part of that comes with ensuring positive experiences for those that come after you.
- Our alumnae and parents are just an extension of our family, we love connecting with them and it reminds us how lucky we are to have cultivated such meaningful relationships with such wonderful, supportive people.
Carly Zinn, Field Hockey - Head Coach/Assistant Athetic Director
- I would not be who I am today without having had the opportunities to play sports my entire life and now coach. I am naturally very competitive and athletics have allowed me to embrace this characteristic my entire life. Athletics have provided me the opportunity to build lifelong relationships with strong, impactful women, and also spread characteristics of empowerment to younger women. Both in my professional career and as a mom, I am able to utilize lessons I have learned through athletics.
- I don't think we always realize the impact our teammates and programs have on us until we look back on them. When we connect with our alumna it is always fulfilling to hear their perspective about experiences they had as a female athlete, and how they drive their current successes.
- Today in collegiate athletics we are seeing the highest number of female competitors, however, the number of female coaches has declined. We have powerful, driven, successful, and committed women playing sports. I want to work in every way possible to help our young women see the benefits of a career in athletics, and the wonderful journey that it can take them on. I want my own kids to be a part of my team's journey, and allow my players to see that being a young mom and having a demanding career is supported, encouraged, and 100% possible, especially while being a female coach. I am excited for the competition. I am excited for women's teams to have the support and the encouragement from those around them on game day. Women are so tough and passionate, and I am excited for the world to embrace these competitive females and allow them to let their competitive edge shine and to take that confidence into the next phase of life as they apply for a big job, approach their boss about a raise, and become a successful working mother.
Molly Lewis, Women's Soccer - Assistant Coach
- I hope to continue to learn how to be a better coach, mentor, and role model to our student-athletes, giving them a strong example of living our team's core values. Being my best self won't hold another woman back, but rather allows other women to be their best too. This lifts up the whole group. I think Dickinson Women's Soccer shows me that every day, and I hope I empower future student-athletes.
- I'm excited to see the changes the industry faces and how women's athletics continues to adapt; from the individual athlete to the head of the department or school. I hope sports and culture continue to give female athletes strength and confidence to not only face and confront changes, but also create the change that will make things better for future athletes.
Evie Rentzel, Softball - Assistant Coach
- As a student-athlete I learned many valuable skills that have helped me become more valuable in both my career and in the community. "You only get out what you put into it" is a saying every athlete has heard. While most of the time this phrase is used to encourage athletes to work harder, it also shows the need to give back. Many athletes have someone that helped them to become the successful athlete and person they are today. This experience drives them to give back to future athletes whether that means their time or money; it is a huge aspect of developing athletics and the athletes participating in them.
- Having the opportunity to connect with alumni and supporters is inspiring. Reconnecting with alumni shows you how the program has hopefully helped develop them as people and is benefiting everyone they encounter. Supporters that believe in what your team is working towards and are willing to help in order to give the team a better opportunity to achieve those goals are invaluable.
- I envision helping future athletes by striving to be someone who they can look up to, and encourage them to be more than they think they are. All too often we underestimate our own abilities. Women's athletics has come a long way, and I'm most excited to see the ideas the next generation has to improve them as a whole and how they can be used to build both a successful athlete and person.
Chris Fernandez, Women's and Men's Squash - Head Coach
- Our female athletes here at Dickinson have helped me see things from another light and they constantly challenge me to be better and want to do better for the success of not only the women's program, but for the improvement of both the squash programs. They are always thinking of ways to incorporate every member of the program, whether it is socially or simply for a study session for exams.
- I'm inspired by our female squash student-athletes because they are constantly relying on one another and making sacrifices to their personal life at times to make everyone else feel welcomed and appreciated for being a part of the program. They are always seeking togetherness and family-oriented ideas, which are extremely important values to instill into young women and men.
Men's Sports Coaches/Administrators
Brad Fordyce, Football - Head Coach
- The power and influence of sports is invaluable. It has taught and guided the two most important females in my life. My wife, a college field hockey coach, has developed a passion for people and their growth. She has impacted and set examples for so many women through her/their journey in sports. She is grounded, driven, extremely disciplined, and unselfish based on her experience in sport. She has done a truly amazing job of balancing professional life and our family, most importantly in raising our three children. She draws on her experience in sport and applies it to life.
Craig Hanson, Baseball - Head Coach
- Both of my parents were Division I athletes in college, and encouraged my brother and I to play sports from a young age. My mom grew up in Southern California and was a nationally ranked tennis player. In high school, she played Billy Jean King (didn't go well) and then she captained the team at Stanford in the late 60's prior to the passing of the Title IX Legislation. The lessons that she learned through athletics prepared her for a successful career following graduation and have helped to shape the person she is today. She remains very active, and is passing along her love of tennis to all of her grandchildren.
Dave Webster, Men's Lacrosse - Head Coach/Associate Athletic Director
- As a college coach immersed in a competitive athletic environment, it can be easy to take certain things for granted. I see female athletes and coaches training and practicing every day, and often don't think about what they might have had to endure to get to this level. I have not fully appreciated what some of the female athletic pioneers struggled with to create these opportunities for the women in my life.
- Women and Girls in Sports Day allows for conversations related to challenges and struggles to occur. As a result, there is an opportunity for growth and learning. It is also a great opportunity to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of so many inspiring women athletes. I am the son of two parents who were both athletes, and I am married to a woman who competed in collegiate athletics. I am fortunate to have two daughters, and the oldest has recently been given an opportunity to play Division 1 soccer. My proudest moments as a father have been to see her grow and develop as an athlete and to have such a joy when competing.