5TH ANNUAL WRESTLE LIKE A GIRL GALA (Sold Out)
U.S. OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC MUSEUM
OCTOBER 22, 2021
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Benefitting Wrestle Like A Girl, a Registered 501(c)3
The 2021 Wrestle Like a Girl Gala Committee warmly welcomes you to the 5th Annual Wrestle Like A Girl Gala in Colorado Springs, CO.! This special evening at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum is our largest annual fundraising event. Join us as we celebrate the growth and increased opportunities for female wrestlers!
The evening features dinner, entertainment, and silent auction. A special guest will receive the Afsoon Johnston Courage Award and The Betty Award, both being graciously supported by Tiffany and Co. The esteemed D.C. painter Maggie O’Neill’s iconic custom piece ‘Wrestler Girl’ will be on display and auctioned off.
The evening features dinner, entertainment, and silent auction.
Gala Highlights Include:
• Parade of Champions, including six-time World Champion and Tokyo 2020 Silver Medalist Adeline Gray and Bronze Medalist Sarah Hildebrandt
• Recognition of Women’s National, Cadet and Junior winning teams
• Afsoon Johnston Courage Award
• The Betty Award, both being graciously supported by Tiffany and Co.
• The esteemed D.C. painter Maggie O’Neill’s iconic custom piece ‘Wrestler Girl’ will be on display and auctioned off (see image left).
• Special Coaching Honors
• Key Speaking Engagements by USA National Team Coach Terry Steiner, Olympian and WLAG Program Director Tela Bacher
• Special Performance by Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale
Proceeds from the WLAG Gala benefit Wrestle Like A Girl’s initiatives:
YOUR CRITICAL FUNDING SUPPORTS:
• Customized Programming
– Empowering Girls and Women through Sports Leadership Programs.
• Stakeholder Education
– Female-specific coaching education is paramount as female wrestlers flock to the traditionally male-dominated “space.” Within the last two years alone, high school girls’ wrestling has grown by an incredible 30%.
• Determined Advocacy
– Scholastic Youth Initiatives. Wrestle Like A Girl has a strong commitment to the growth and development of female wrestling by providing unique opportunities to wrestle at the high school level.
• Critical Research
– Research on girls and women in competitive wrestling is limited – largely because boys and men’s wrestling were considered a top priority. That trend is now shifting with some reports and research being conducted on female wrestling at the national level and the state of gender equity.
… allowing us to champion female wrestlers past, present, and future.