Commonwealth Club hosts panel on Empowering Girls Through Sport
July 19, 2014. Coaches Across Continents founder Nick Gates spoke Thursday at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Previous speakers at the prestigious Commonwealth Club have included Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, and Christopher Hitchens. On Thursday night, Nick was part of a five-person panel that discussed stories on Empowering Girls Through Sport: Giving Girls a Voice and a Choice. Also on the panel was Lorrie Fair (U.S. Women’s 1999 World Cup Champion and current Sports Envoy for the Secretary of State), Lisa Tarver (Co-Founder, One World Futbol), Luis Enrique Bazán (Associate Director of Global Social Justice and Community Action, University of San Francisco), and Ben Gucciardi (Founding Director, Soccer Without Borders).
The panel, moderated by Scott Golde (founder, Sustainable Sports Travel) discussed how NGOs worldwide are using sports as vehicle to raise awareness, build confidence, and educate young women and girls about health issues, including HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancies, and STDs. Each panelist shared some of their stories from around the world. Nick spoke about Coaches Across Continents work and success stories from our partnerships around the world, specifically some of our work in northern Kenya. Nick told a story of how girls in this community are now in control of their own soccer field where they use sport for social impact. Just a few years ago these same girls were not allowed to play sports and rocks were thrown at them when they tried to step on the very field they now control. The panel was extremely successful and informative for the attendees. The panel is expected to be podcast in the near future.