Donate a Sports Bra to Goals for Girls

In response to our campaign to raise $25,000 for breast cancer research, members of the Dragonwing community asked if they could donate one of our Limited Edition pink/white Racer Sports Bras to a girl in need.

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve partnered with U.S. soccer great Cindy Parlow Cone and her nonprofit, Goals for Girls, an international initiative of girls helping girls through soccer, to fulfill this vital need. Sports bras are the most-requested item by the girls she works with worldwide. Cindy is planning a trip to India soon, and thanks to the generosity of the Dragonwing family, she’ll be taking Racer Seamless Sports Bras to girls there.

 


It’s not too late to donate! Simply CLICK HERE
to purchase a special edition Racer Sports Bra, select a size, and select “Yes” in the Donation field.

It’s a win-win! Your purchase brings us $10 closer to our goal of $25,000 for breast cancer research AND helps a girl in need. 

Since 2007, Goals for Girls has helped disadvantaged girls across the globe by providing access to health and education programs taught through the game of soccer. It gives girls an opportunity to break down cultural and socio-economic barriers to create change through addressing common challenges.

1 in 8 is a Statistic I Can’t Live With

Every October during Breast Cancer Awareness month, memories of family and friends who’ve fought the disease flood my mind. Like most people, I’ve donated money for research, dropped off food for family dinners, and sent cards and emails of encouragement and, sometimes, sympathy.

Something clicked this year. I can’t just make dinner or send cards when statistics show that 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.

This year, I am determined to do much, much more. To use the power of this business and the amazing Dragonwing community to make a real difference in medical advances — not just for my friends or family but for women everywhere — and for our daughters, nieces, granddaughters, so that they may have a better, healthier future.

Almost 25 years ago, my beloved Auntie Vita died of breast cancer at age 51. Back then, treatment wasn’t really targeted, and the doctors tried everything to cure her. It was a huge loss.

Since then, scientists have made tremendous advances in breast cancer treatment. My friend for 30+ years, Lisa Carey, is medical director of UNC’s Breast Cancer Center, where they are have made great strides in targeting treatment and patient care.

$25,000 can make a significant difference for a cancer research project. That’s why we’ve set a goal of raising $25,000 through the sale of a limited edition Racer Sports Bra, our best-selling item.

We’ll donate $10 from the sale of each special white and pink Racer to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. It’s a crazy, ambitious goal, but I believe we will do it.

Join our team: buy a bra (or 2 or 3!) for your daughter, niece, granddaughter; share this post; spread the word. Together, we can do this!

PassHat: Coach’s Gifts Made Easy

Every sports parent has been there, right? You offer to be the organizer of the end-of-season gift for the coaches. You send emails.  Talk to parents at practices and games. Send reminders. Collect money from those who have cash with them. Send reminders. Figure out what and how to buy a gift. Send more reminders. And a few more reminders.

Thank goodness for PassHat, a new secure online group collection service, that makes the process soooo much easier. PassHat isn’t just for coach’s gifts. You can use it for any group collection effort: class gift for teachers, co-worker’s retirement gift from the office, even a birthday present for a friend from a group of friends.

From the PassHat website:

Create, invite, remind, collect and deliver a gift from your group from the comfort of your browser. No more collecting cash, depositing checks, nagging people for a contribution or remembering to buy a gift card – PassHat does it all for you!

The added benefit that I consider the icing on the cake? PassHat offers a variety of gift cards right on its site, so you can select and deliver the gift with a click.

PassHat can be used to collect dues, registration fees, pretty much anything that requires the collective donations of a number of people. They’re offering a special 50% DISCOUNT for the Dragonwing girlgear community, so don’t hesitate.

Now, if only it could do laundry….

Check out a PassHat video by clicking here or see below.

For a Healthier Future for Our Girls

Join us! Make a difference — for a healthier future for our girls.
Click here to buy a limited edition Racer Sports Bra and bring us closer to our goal!

Amazing Woman, Amazing Messages

In the past few months, I’ve been able to work with and be exposed to some amazing women. As part of my leadership class, I had the opportunity to interview the head of a local independent school. She was the first woman leader at the school! She also played collegiate level volleyball and is now a coach. I wanted to get her take on all things: from her story, to leadership, to some advice for girls and women.

A few quotes from our conversation that stood out to me were:

1. “Face the beast. And then conquer it. I would like to see more girls do that. These days, find whatever that subject is that’s hard, don’t run from it, face it and conquer it. You’re more equipped than you think you are.”

My interviewee was talking specifically about how she almost failed her college Spanish class, but, this lesson is applicable to everybody. Whether it’s a teacher, a school subject, a coach, a tough sports play, a boss, anything; rise up and fight through it. Women, and people in general, wouldn’t be where they are today if they ran from their challenges.

2. “I think everyone should have a little butterflies. Butterflies are normal. And embrace the butterflies.”

Don’t be afraid to be afraid. Harness your fear and run with it. Get excited about having butterflies, and use them to do and play your best. (You can also use Dragonwing to help you feel more confident about your sports-related butterflies!!)

3. “I shouldn’t have to fight to be non-girly. I’m a girl. Get over it. I’m proud of being a girl.”

She said it all right here. No caption needed. Own it girls.

This woman is doing amazing things and had a lot of great things to say about women. We need to keep women like her around! As this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month, women’s strength is highlighted more than ever. Dragon Wing is supporting funding for Breast Cancer Research,  by selling these bras! Take a look and help a great cause!

2,500 bras = $25,000 for breast cancer research

Today we’re launching a campaign to raise $25,000 for breast cancer research. And YOU can help us reach that goal.

Everyone’s life has been touched in some way by breast cancer — whether it be our sister, friend, wife, mother, daughter or ourselves. During October, we see pink almost everywhere, and sometimes it’s hard to know what makes a difference.

We’ve designed a limited edition pink and white Racer Sports Bra for girls — the same great quality and fit as our regular Racers.

When we sell 2,500 of these special bras, we will donate $25,000 to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center under the leadership of my dear friend, Dr. Lisa Carey, a worldwide leader in the fight against breast cancer.

It’s a very bold goal, but our entire Dragonwing girlgear team is committed to making a difference in the fight against breast cancer. And just as on a sports team, we’ll need the support of everyone in our family. Together, we can make a difference.

Let’s do it! Click here to join us.

*The limited edition pink Racer Sports Bra for girls will be delivered in 8-10 weeks. Your credit card will not be charged until we’ve reached our goal. Discount codes cannot be applied to this special order.

The Power of a Girl’s First Bra

I had the pleasure of talking recently with Kelly O’Brien, owner of Linger Tween, a shop that specializes in undergarments for tweens and teens. She’s a big fan, as are her customers, of our Racer and Keyhole sports bras.

Not surprisingly, we talked about the importance of a girl’s experience with her first bra. Between the two of us, we’ve had hundreds of conversations with girls and mothers about their desire to find sports bras and traditional bras that are made for tweens and teens, not mini-sized women’s bras or lacy, plunging, push-up styles that are not age appropriate.

A girl’s first bra is important to her sense of self and can have a lasting impact on how she views her body. She wants — and should — feel comfortable, at ease, free to move, and free to be herself.

For a girl who plays sports, her first bra is often a sports bra. I’ve talked before about why a sports bra makes a great first bra. A sports bra that’s comfortable, provides the right amount of coverage, supports and moves without binding or riding up, and doesn’t scream “bra” can help a girl see herself as the healthy, active, powerful person she is.

She’s Picky. We’re Comfortable.

We love hearing customer feedback about our girlgear. This comment about our Un-Tee sports cami arrived yesterday from Jill D.:

“My daughter really likes the tank tops.  She is extremely picky about fabric and seams that can be irritating, and she is very comfortable in this tank.  Thanks for a great product!”

Another word for “picky” is “discerning,” and that describes Jill’s daughter! She appreciates the many features that make the Un-Tee Sports Cami the perfect light support sports tank top for girls:

  • Comfortable, moisture-wicking, 4-way stretch fabric with a shelf bra for gentle support.
  • Wide straps, flat seams, and tag-free design mean no chafing and no strap droop.
  • Perfect by itself or under a sports uniform — also provides coverage when changing at a game or practice.

We’ve sent a special gift to Jill with our thanks for her feedback. We’d love to hear from you, too. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and email. Submit a review on our website. Thanks for reading!

Proud Sponsor of CASL Soccer

My inspiration for Dragonwing was sparked on the sidelines of the beautiful North Carolina soccer fields, so when given the opportunity to become a sponsor of the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL – pronounced “castle”), we didn’t hesitate.

Lots of Dragonwing girls play with CASL, and we’re happy to be able to support them on and off the fields. After all, empowering girls to play with confidence is what Dragonwing is all about!

If you get the chance to visit the WRAL Soccer Center in Raleigh, one of the country’s largest outdoor soccer complexes, make your way over to Field #7, now known as “Dragonwing girlgear Field.” That has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?!