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Our Female Athlete Mentors/Mentees in the News!

newsworthy May 20, 2024

- [May 20, 2024] - 

FAM mentors and mentees across the country are excelling both on and off their respective playing fields. 

Leaders in sport and service, this article will highlight 3 fantastic humans and the moves they are making to drive their own successes.

 

GRACE CONNOLLY

A graduate student and 5 year member of Stanford University’s cross country and track and field teams, Grace has used her platform as a leader and passion for service to contribute to positive change on Stanford campus. 

Grace’s journey with Strong Girls United and FAM began in 2020 as a mentor in the program’s inaugural year. But, her reach spread beyond her connections with her mentee. Grace stepped into a leadership role on campus with the student athlete service group founded by SGU team member Charlie Ekstrom in 2021, Cardinal Community. Elevating skills over the years, Grace serves as co-president of the organization, and has made sure its impact will succeed beyond her final year on campus. 

Read more on Grace and Cardinal Community in the feature by the Stanford Daily with a click of the button below!

READ GRACE'S FULL FEATURE HERE 

 

KRISTINE BLAZEVICA

History was made for the University of Texas   AND Big 12 conference track and field when Kristine Blazevica became the Big 12 Heptathlon Champion for the fourth season in a row; the first ever athlete, male or female, in Big 12 conference history to win a multi for four years in a row. 

Kristine, a former FAM mentor, is a seven-time Big 12 and has permanently etched her name in Texas Track & Field history, holding 6 of the school’s top 10 scores for heptathlon performances. 

We are wishing her the best and rooting for her to keep adding to that leaderboard as she prepares to compete for an NCAA title in the coming weeks.

 
 
 
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MENA BOARDMAN 

Former FAM mentee Mena Boardman is making huge waves in the pool. Following in the footsteps of her FAM mentor  and Stanford University swimming alumna Lucie Nordmann, Mena is ranked 1st in the 15-18 age group for New England swimming, 1st for her high school, Phillips Exeter Academy, 14th for all USA high schools and 1st for her club.  

The 15 year old phenom over the last year has continued to break school, club, AND New England records, and has officially qualified for the USA Swimming Olympic Trials this coming June. We know Mena has a long and prosperous career ahead of her, and are so excited to watch her continue to elevate as her career grows.

Pictured below is an extra special Strong Girls meet-up, where Mena ran into Lillie Nordmann, a current FAM mentor (and the younger sister of Mena's mentor Lucie), at a USA swimming tune up meet in San Antonio. 




For more information or questions about FAM, please visit https://www.sgunitedfoundation.org/fam 

 

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