Today, we celebrate her.
February 5 is National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a day that honors the powerful females who have paved the way and helped build the next generation of strong women.
There’s a spot for women and girls in whatever area or sport they want to pursue, including flag football.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara are passionate about inspiring the next generation of female athletes to dream big. It's part of the reason why Wilson became co-owner and chairman of NFL FLAG, a flag football league for boys and girls.
The Wilsons recently met with the Miami Senior High ladies flag football team and had some inspirational words to share about the future of women’s sports.
“You ladies are doing the dang thing,” Wilson said during his visit. “I have a great appreciation for ladies and girls in sports and everything that you all are doing. Ciara and I are really passionate about the game of football, but also women’s sports. We really want to try to make you all go to the place where you guys deserve to go.”
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 5, 2020
Ciara also delivered an impassioned speech, sharing her experience growing up as a young girl without a lot of resources.
“As a woman you make me proud, as a young woman you make me proud, as a mom you make me so proud because you are really going after your dreams,” Ciara said. “And I am that girl, I am that girl who didn’t come from a lot, but I had big dreams. Because I believed in those dreams, it all happened.”
“When the moments and the times are tough, embrace those moments. They make you who you are.”
The Wilsons have been supportive of female athletes for years. Russell Wilson has often been seen courtside at Stanford women’s basketball games, cheering on his sister Anna. Ciara joined her husband in becoming part-owners of the Seattle Sounders F.C last year. She is one of few female team owners among major professional sports leagues.