STORIES

Called to serve the needs of African-American, Latinx, and inner-city youth in the Greater Philadelphia area, Jazmine (Jaz) Smith created Eyekonz Field Hockey and Lacrosse. The program is a product of her life experiences, and its impact reaches well beyond the game.
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Driven by a love of basketball, Fitriya Mohamed challenges societal norms and fights stereotypes as a Muslim female athlete. Along the way, she’s shining light on the beauty and strength within her religion.
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While stationed at a military base in Arizona, Samantha Mack was introduced to roller derby. Originally inspired by the for-women, by-women nature of the sport, she saw the need to create a positive and safe space for Black skaters.
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While living and working in Afghanistan, Melanie was diagnosed with breast cancer. She now bravely advocates for community by openly sharing her experiences, and teaches through the healing powers of yoga.
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Maggie Kudirka has been living with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer for over 6 years – emphasis on living. Diagnosed at 23 years old while a ballet dancer with the prestigious Joffrey Concert Group in New York City, she became known as the Bald Ballerina. Her life today is one of inspired hope and legacy.
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