US Women’s Soccer Stars Highlight Risks of Heading

We applaud that three members of the 1999 World Cup championship US Women’s Soccer team are speaking out on the risks of brain injury from heading.

Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett, and Cindy Parlow Cone — who’s a Dragonwing girlgear spokesperson — have joined forces with the Sports Legacy Institute and the Santa Clara Institute of Sports Law to form Parents and Pros for Safer Soccer and are pushing for rules changes to prohibit heading by players under 14.

In a recent New York Times article on the effort, Parlow Cone, who ended her playing career in part because of concussion-related headaches and fatigue, says, “Soccer might not be football, but we do know now that brain injuries in soccer is a huge issue, and is a very serious issue…. We need to do better for our kids.”

 

Dragonwing® girlgear Selected for Startup Mentoring Program

We’re proud and excited to announce that  Soar Triangle, a Google for Entrepreneurs-backed initiative to prepare female entrepreneurs in the Triangle region for success, has selected Dragonwing girlgear and MaryAnne Gucciardi, founder and CEO, for its active mentoring program.

Soar supports promising female entrepreneurs, providing the resources needed to reach their next milestone and secure investment funding. Launched early in 2014, Soar was awarded funds and program support from Google for Entrepreneur as a part of the #40Forward challenge to increase participation in startups by women by 25% this year.

Dragonwing girlgear, a manufacturer of sports undergarments and base-layer designed for pre-teen and teen girls, was one of four promising women-owned businesses selected for active mentoring via Soar’s highly competitive process.

Dragonwing makes high performance, superior fitting, age and sport-specific sports undergarments for girls ages 8-17. Our mission is to give girls an advantage on and off the playing field (or court or track) by providing clothing — sports bras, compression shorts, sports camis, and base layers — that gives them the freedom to move and play with confidence. Instead of worrying about their changing bodies or being distracted by poorly fitting clothes, they can enjoy playing and competing.

Dragonwing girlgear is a member of the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network and was a finalist in the 2013 Urban Rebound Raleigh Durham small business pitch competition for women.

Getting Girls Off the Sidelines & Into the Game

With much of the world’s eyes and screens tuned in to the World Cup, Wall St. Journal reporter Patricia Kowsmann wrote powerfully about how girls in Brazil are often left on the soccer sidelines.

Her personal story of being bullied as a young girl for wearing boys’ soccer cleats really hit home for me. It touched at the core of why I started Dragonwing girlgear.

The sad truth is that, for most girls who play sports, the only high quality clothing — that wicks moisture and doesn’t chafe — is found in the boys’ section. Or the women’s section where sports bras don’t fit girls.

All too often, girls are forced to choose between the right gear for their sport OR lower-quality apparel — like a cotton bralette — that isn’t designed for playing sports.

Girls who play sports aren’t “tomboys;” they’re athletes and deserve to have comfortable, supportive clothing — sports camis, compression shorts, and sports bras — that helps girls play their best. That’s what we do every day at Dragonwing girlgear.