How Can We Empower Our Girls Through Sports? By Alison Foley

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How Can We Empower Our Girls Through Sports?

By Alison Foley

More than half of girls QUIT SPORTS by the end of puberty—more than half. QUIT. This is a dramatic statistic that is much higher for girls than for boys. And we want our girls to play sports. The positive effect sport has on girls has been proven over and over.

  • Better grades
  • Decreased illness
  • Healthier body image
  • Better social decisions around alcohol and drugs
  • More confidence
  • Lower pregnancy rates

The key here is what can we do as parents, coaches, educators, and mentors to keep girls in sport. We’ve come up with five tips, but remember, the main ingredient is always pretty simple…keep it “fun”.

1.) Increase female Role Models: In a world that worships external beauty, we all need to support and elevate positive females who are strong and confident, not just pretty. Girls need to see strength as beauty both inside and out. They need to view females competing and challenging each other as healthy. We need more female coaches, trainers, and sports administrators. Female coaches can connect with girls and understand their experiences. Only 23% of youth coaches in the US are female. That number is the lowest on record since 2012 and is down from 28 % in 2016. In 1979 Title IX was passed to get gender equity in all opportunities in sports, but we are still way off from equal playing fields in any capacity. We have to push this message and encourage women to lead in different roles in sports. There are apps and programs such as She can Coach and Mojo.sport that give women the tools, training ideas, and practice outlines to help equip novice coaches and empower them to coach confidently.

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Alison Foley on SportLight!

Alison Foley on SportLight: Special Guest Saturday.

She talks about playing soccer, coaching girls at Boston College, and her two books: How To Coach Girls and The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s Guide

Our Book has reached Ireland!

Thank you Aisling Nig Ruairc and Joyce Lamb!

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Hi Mia and Alison,

Below is a link to an interview Aisling did about her project Keep Your Girls Playing which she has been rolling out since September with the coaches, parents and 12-13 year old girls in our local GAA club:

https://www.gaa.ie/news/cuala-teenager-showing-how-to-keep-girls-playing-gaelic-games/

There has been very positive feedback from the wider GAA community about her interview and she’s been happily recommending your book to any of the coaching educators that have been in contact. Hopefully you might get a few more book orders from Ireland!

Wishing you both a very Happy New Year.

Kind regards,

Joyce and Aisling

Cuala teenager showing how to keep girls playing Gaelic Games by John Harrington

And her ‘Keeping Girls Playing Project’ is having such a positive impact in Cuala that it will hopefully give other clubs some really helpful food for thought as to how best to keep girls involved in team sport.

“When I was researching this I came across a survey saying that one of two girls will drop out of team sport by the age of 13 and are three times more likely to give it up than boys are.

“It kind of shocked me at first because I know from my own personal experience of all the benefits that come from playing team sport.

“But when I thought about it made sense because my own team lost around half of our players by the time we were 13 and struggled to field a team at that age.

Changing the Game: Asian Pacific American Female Athletes Kickstarter Project!

Changing the Game by Mia Wenjen

With seventy percent of all kids quitting organized sports by age 13, and with girls dropping out of sports at six times the rate of boys, it became clear that I needed to showcase Asian-American female athletes. Girls of every ethnicity need to see Asian-American females succeeding in sports to know that everyone can dream of stepping up on an Olympic podium. 

My Kickstarter project is launching in two weeks.

Changing the Game: Asian Pacific American Female Athletes by Mia Wenjen

Everyone deserves to see themselves in the pages of a book. Now, Mia Wenjen brings the accomplishments of Asian Pacific American female athletes to life with incredible stories of their amazing accomplishments. Readers rejoice with these extraordinary women as they overcome obstacles to prevail in their sport. [nonfiction picture book, for ages 8 and up]Changing the Game: Asian Pacific American Female Athletes by Mia Wenjen

You will meet 18 Asian Pacific American Female Athletes in this book who excel at a range of sports and represent many Asian ethnicities.

  • Eun Jung “EJ” Lee Ok (Korean American) is thought to be one of the greatest point guards ever to play women’s college basketball.
  • Chloe Kim (Korean American) is the youngest snowboarder to win Olympic Gold.
  • Miki Gorman (Japanese American) is the only female marathon runner to win both the Boston Marathon and the New York Marathon, twice!
  • Victoria Manalo Draves (Filipino & European American), a diver, is the first woman to win two Gold Medals in both springboard and platform in the same Olympics games, the first Asian-American to medal at an Olympics game, and the first Filipino to win a Gold Medal.
  • Evelyn Tokue Kawamoto-Konno (Japanese American) learned to swim competitively in a ditch through Soichi Sakamoto’s Three-Year Swim Club and is the first Japanese-American female to win an Olympic Medal.
  • Julie Chu (Chinese & Puerto Rican American), a hockey player, is the first Asian-American female to compete for the United States in the Winter Olympics for a sport other than figure skating. She took home three silver medals and one bronze medal from five Olympics.
  • Natasha “Tasha” Kai (Filipino, Hawaiian, Chinese & European American) is the first player from Hawaii to make the full U.S. National Women’s Soccer team. In 2008, she helped the team earn an Olympic Gold medal.
  • Michelle Wie (Korean American) is the youngest female to compete on the PGA Tour and the youngest USGA champion in an adult event.
  • Kristi Yamaguchi (Japanese American) is a two-time Olympic Gold Medal ice skating champion, a two-time singles World Champion, and a two-time pairs National Champion.
  • Amy Chow (Chinese American) is the first Asian American woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal in gymnastics.
  • Anona Naone Napoleon (Native Hawaiian) won the International Makaha Surfing Competition.
  • Michelle Waterson (Thai & European American) is a Mixed Martial Arts champion.
  • Liane Lissa Sato (Japanese American) took home a Bronze Medal for the United States Women’s Volleyball Team at the Olympics held in Barcelona.
  • Catherine Mai-Lan Fox (Vietnamese & European American) is a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner for swimming.
  • Megan Khang (Hmong American) is the first Hmong American to play on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour.
  • Mohini Bhardwaj (Indian & Russian American) is the first Indian-American gymnast to medal at the Olympics.
  • Naomi Osaka (Japanese & Haitian) is the first female Asian player to hold the number one ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
I hope you will share my Kickstarter project on social media when it starts on February 15 and consider donating if you are able.

You can preview my Kickstarter Campaign here!

I am also including an option to donate my book to the Free Diverse Books for Classrooms through Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

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My books:

The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s GuideAsian Pacific American Heroes Mia Wenjen

BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 is a book that I created to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.

Upcoming Seminar: Navigating the Collegiate Recruiting Process Through COVID-19

Upcoming Seminar: Navigating the Collegiate Recruiting Process Through COVID

Alison Foley will be giving a seminar on Pandemic Athletes: Navigating the Collegiate Recruiting Process Through COVID-19.

Thursday, February 18th, 4pm-5pm PT / 7pm-8pm ET

This seminar will help high school student-athletes, their families, and coaches understand how to navigate the college recruiting process, specifically through COVID-19.

The NCAA has put a recruiting ban on many college sports where the coaches cannot do an in-person evaluation or have you visit campus. This has left athletes feeling desperate on how to communicate and showcase their talents to coaches. This seminar will provide you with specific ways to keep your recruiting process moving forward, including:

  • How to communicate with college coaches
  • How to focus on your academics
  • How to navigate standardized tests and financial aid
  • How to use your network to strengthen your chances for recruiting

You’ll leave with tactical advice and lists of actions you can take, all developed by a coach who knows the game inside and out.

The cost is $30 and limited to 30 people. Register here.

Alison Foley is the co-author of The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s Guide.

For those looking to go to college on a sports scholarship, the recruiting process can be both daunting and overwhelming.

The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s Guide breaks down the process step-by-step to help parents and athletes navigate the system and find the right college fit. Inside the pages of this book, readers will discover the answers to essential questions, such as: how do I get recruited?, what are coaches looking for?, and when does recruitment start?

The book also covers crucial topics including recruiting Do’s & Don’ts; ways to communicate with coaches, teams, and schools; how academics play into the recruiting process; how to build a recruitment kit; the role parents play, and much more. This guide lays out all the advice needed to maneuver through the recruiting and scholarship process successfully – and with minimum stress.

Upcoming Seminar: Navigating the Collegiate Recruiting Process Through COVID

Alison Foley will be on Throw Big Throw Far Podcast!

Throw Big Throw Far Podcast

Alison Foley will be featured on Throw Big Throw Far Podcast on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM with Joe Frontier to talk about The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s Guide.

Throw Big Throw Far Podcast

Throw Big Throw Far Podcast is for throwers and coaches who want to get better.

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Alison Foley featured in Plymouth Wicked Local!

PLYMOUTH 50-for-50: Her competitive nature set Alison Foley apart from the rest on the soccer field

PLYMOUTH 50-for-50: Her competitive nature set Alison Foley apart from the rest on the soccer field

She’s part of their 50-for-50 series!

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A true passion for the game helped Alison Foley excel as a soccer player and coach.

PLYMOUTH – The list of soccer credentials for this week’s 50-for-50 profile Alison Foley is long as well as impressive, and it all began with Plymouth Youth Soccer.

“It seems so long ago,” Foley joked. “My dad, Tom, was vice-president of Plymouth Youth Soccer, and he helped get it up and running with league president John Tocci. My older brother played soccer and that opened the door for myself and my brother (Plymouth North Girls Soccer Head Coach Eric Foley) to get involved with the game.

“I loved playing soccer when I was younger, and I guess I was lucky enough never to lose that love of the game.”

After a great playing career at Plymouth-Carver (Class of 1988) and then Keene State College (’91), Alison easily transitioned into the coaching ranks. She started right away as an assistant coach while working on her graduate degree at James Madison University. She was there for four years before traveling to Texas to take over as head coach of the Angelo State program for two seasons.

The Boston College head coaching job opened up in 1997 and that’s where Foley would call home for the next 22 seasons, becoming the winningest coach in program history (280-145-39). Along the way she led her teams to 15 NCAA Division I tournament appearances. Foley’s teams made it to the Sweet 16 eight times, the Elite 8 in four seasons as well as the Final Four in 2010.

Dennis Azevedo coached Foley in soccer and basketball at Plymouth-Carver. He said there was one thing in particular that set her apart.

“Alison had a competitive fire inside her that was unlike anything I’ve seen before or since,” Azevedo said. “She was absolutely driven to win and was not going to stop until she got to where she wanted to be.”

“I remember one home game when we were taking on Weymouth South for the Old Colony League championship,” Azevedo said. “They were coming off the bus and walking down the hill at the old Mario J. Romano Field when we saw that the coach was wearing a sweatshirt that had a P-C on it with a slash going through it.

“The girls were a little ticked when they saw what she was wearing, as was I, but Alison came up to me and said not to worry because she had the situation handled. Well Alison goes out and scores four goals and we take the OCL title with a 5-1 victory.

“That tells you all you need to know about Alison’s competitive nature. We were already a good soccer team, and Alison’s talent and drive made us into a very good soccer team.”

An All-State center midfielder twice at Plymouth-Carver, success followed Alison to Keene State, where she was a Division III All-American in 1990. She scored 33 goals and added 24 assists for 90 career points and is still ninth in career assists and points and 10th in career goals in program history.

Alison left Boston College after the 2018 season, but soccer is still a big part of Foley’s daily life. She’s a scout for the U.S. Youth National Soccer program and is CEO of Foley Athletic Advising, a business that helps guide families through the college recruiting process.

“I’m having a lot of fun with this business venture,” said Alison, who turned 50 last month. “We work as a consultant for prospective student-athletes who might be looking to play in college. We’ve got a lot of soccer players, but we have a good amount of kids that play other sports as well.”

A big part of finding the right college path for families is remembering there are two parts to the student-athlete combination.

“There are equal parts to that equation: student and athlete,” Alison explained. “It helps when you look at a prospective college and take athletics out of the equation. Does the school have what you want if you weren’t playing sports? You have to look at the size of the school, what majors does it have that might interest you, and what are the other intangibles” that could sway your decision.

“You also must remember that choosing a college is a process. Things very well could change along the way.”

Foley is becoming more experienced with the college recruiting process every day. Her daughter, Sidnie, is a high school junior being recruited as both a track star and a soccer player.

“I’m going through the recruiting process right now with Sidnie,” said Foley. “It opens your eyes seeing it from a different point of view.”

Foley recently finished her second book with co-author Mia Wenjen. “The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: The Insiders Guide” is available on Amazon as well audreypress.com this week.

Each week during 2020, the 50-for-50 project will profile a Plymouth person or state championship team that positively impacted the town in the last 50 years. To nominate someone, email Sports Editor David Wolcott Jr. at dwolcott@wickedlocal.com with information on the nominee.

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Alison Foley on Over The Ball Podcast with Kevin Flynn

Over the Ball Podcast with Kevin Flynn

Over the Ball Podcast with Kevin Flynn

This week on Over The Ball with Kevin Flynn, Grayle and Sam speak with Alison Foley, former Boston College women’s head coach and founder of Foley Athletic Advising, about her experience in the world of soccer and her new book The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship: An Insider’s Guide, co-authored by Mia Wenjen.

Listen to Alison Foley on Over the Ball Podcast here.

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