GURLS is a no cost leadership program for athletes in high school. During each year in high school, participants attend classroom sessions to develop their leadership skills and complete service projects, which focus on better serving and supporting the unique needs of girlx* who play ultimate.
Important Definitions *To ensure that our community is inclusive and equitable, we are intentionally using an “x” in femxle, womxn and girlx to include cis, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender queer and any female-identified individuals.
The program seeks to address and disrupt a lack of inclusivity and support of girlx athletes by creating the next generation of strong, lifelong leaders who strive to give back to their community, empower other girlx, and fight to create positive change for all.
The Impact of One
We recognize that sports are typically dominated by white, upper/middle-class, cis-men, especially within the highest levels of leadership. We have also seen what this lack of diversity has done to hinder growth in sports — especially among girlx and womxn. We want to change this by investing whole-heartedly, extensively, and unapologetically in each individual girlx who participates in our program. We see what one individual can do to change society for the better and we firmly believe in those who we accept into our program: they are the next generation of CEOs, executive directors, program managers, business owners, tournament directors, collaborators, coaches, mediators, and captains — and we want to provide all of the necessary tools and resources for them to build their network of allies and succeed in their professional, personal and sports careers.