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Life changed for Ben Skinner the moment they realized that society’s rules on gender, and expectations of who they were and who they could be, were arbitrary. The catalyst that led to accepting their authentic, non-binary self? Rugby.
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Striving for excellence in the world of dance requires intense skill, athleticism and discipline. Less talked about are the mental health challenges that many people face.

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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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