What’s So Great about the Women’s World Cup?

 

My inspiration for Dragonwing girlgear was sparked on the sidelines of North Carolina soccer fields, and I still watch hundreds of girls’ soccer games each year. So you won’t be surprised to hear that I LOVE the Women’s World Cup. My reasons are personal — the level of play is amazing and the stories of the players never fail to move me. US women's national soccer team: We Believe!

But the most powerful aspect of the Women’s World Cup — the part that brings a lump to my throat — is the inspiration, hope, and role models that the players provide to millions of girls worldwide. Their commitment, perseverance, and love of the game says it all:  “DREAM BIG. WORK HARD. COMPETE FIERCELY. PLAY JOYFULLY. YOU CAN DO IT!”

In addition to all the amazing soccer play (how about England’s go-ahead goal versus Norway?!), there have been some perceptive and thought-provoking stories about the significance and value of the Women’s World Cup. Here are a few that I’ve particularly enjoyed:

“Why the Women’s World Cup Needs You to Watch,” by Peter Macia in Vogue magazine

The numbers of viewers, on TV and online, are vitally important, Macia argues, to sponsors, to players, to women’s sports in general, and to girls watching and playing around the world. (There’s that inspiration again!)

Watching the Women's Cup demonstrates that women's soccer and women's sports have value, writes Peter Macia in Vogue.

“What Women’s Sports Can Learn from the Colombian Women’s Team,” by Kate Fagan on ESPNW

Given the audiences in stadiums and watching the games on screens of all kinds, there are signs of legitimacy for international women’s soccer, writes Fagan. But “the final mile marker will be when everyday fans…feel comfortable offering criticism, second-guessing the coach and the choices, and putting the play itself under a microscope…. These are the conversations that fuel men’s sports.

Imagine being knowledgeable enough about women’s sports and knowing enough about a women’s team to think you know better than the coach or a player in the game’s closing minutes. Imagine knowing who else could have been the coach and which players the team might have signed.

Then imagine being confident enough to actually admit you’re into women’s sports.”

Lady Andrade, Colombia's goal

“8 Reasons We Love the Women’s World Cup,” by SoccerGrlProbs for ESPNW

World-class talent, worldwide impact, super fans and more.

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Summer Fun

My school year ended on May 28. Our last day was a Student Appreciation Day where the students played outside and danced. I’m so happy school is out, and I’ve got a summer-long break from waking up early and doing homework every night.

One of my favorite parts of 7th grade was a class trip to the Wildlife Sanctuary. We got flooded super bad, but we bonded with each other a lot. One of my least favorite parts of 7th grade was PARCC testing.

But on to summer! My family is planning to spend a lot of time visiting my cousins in Nebraska and camping. As for right now, I’ve had lots of summer fun already — going to the Mint and swimming a lot!

What are you doing this summer? Tell me in the comments.

Dragonwing teen ambassador Madi and sister jumping into pool

Meet Celia, Dragonwing intern extraordinaire

Dragonwing Ladies,

I’m Celia and am happily running the Dragonwing Instagram account, hosting some Trunk Shows, and working with the other ambassadors to this fantastic, girl-centered company this summer.

Meet Celia, Dragonwing summer intern

A little bit about myself: I’m excited to begin a new adventure as a Cameron Crazie at Duke University this fall. Right now, I live in North Carolina with my wonderfully complex family, which includes my mom, sister, grandparents (Nanny and Fody), and two doggies.

Though I was always picked last in gym class and have never played any sports, I do love to move. I practice modern dance (as well as silly dancing in my room) and Ashtanga yoga, and I find joy in doing all things outdoors from hammocking to swimming and hiking.

Celia performing modern dance
Two of my favorite things in the world are live music and great views. Some of my favorite spots in NC are the peak of Hanging Rock, Eno River, and Jordan Lake, especially at sunset.

 

Celia in hammock suspended between trees

In my free time, I write for my own blog, eat at least one avocado per day, take board and card games with my family way too seriously, and read anything I can get my hands on. My favorite book right now is Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan. I follow several newspapers and creative projects, particularly Humans of New York by photojournalist Brandon Stanton, with devotion.

I’m an Orange is the New Black, Modern Family, and everything-by-Shonda-Rhimes addict, a lover of baby animal videos, and the #1 fan girl of my friends at their sporting events and musicals.

Finally, I’m proud of my roles as a camp counselor, dance teacher, nanny, and pal to the awesome kids I’m lucky to hang out with all the time.

Up next from me is a post about running for non-runners, as I (sort of) prepare to run (or jog or walk) the Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure 5K this Saturday (6/13).

Follow @dragonwinggirl and tag us in your beautiful photographs, because I will be delighted to share them.
Warmly,
Celia

Introducing Julia, Dragonwing Ambassador

Hi, Dragonwing girls!

I’m a new ambassador, and I’d love to tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Julia, and I just graduated from eighth grade, which means I’m saying goodbye to middle school and starting high school in September. I love school because I get to see my friends, but I also enjoy studying sometimes, especially when it’s math and science.

Julia: lunge in fencing tournament

My main passion is fencing. Fencing training and competing has taken up most of my time for the past five years, but I love to do it. I get to travel lots and meet competitors from all over the country, and now I always see familiar faces at tournaments. I have made amazing friends through the sport that I know I will keep with me for many years to come. During summer and winter breaks, I participate in sleepaway and day camps to train with new coaches and unfamiliar fencers.

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When I’m not fencing, I love to spend time with my friends and family. My friends and I walk practically everywhere, whether we are going to lunch or just to each other’s houses. (I like to think that it keeps us active.)

I also like to spend time with my family. One of our greatest passions is food. We are constantly trying new foods and restaurants. As my 16 year old brother just recently earned his learner’s permit for driving, he sometimes drives us to these restaurants (making me constantly fear for my life).

I hope this has helped you get a little sneak peek into the life of Julia. I can’t wait to share more about myself, as well as get to know all of you more!

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Stock up on Summer Camp Essentials

Summer Camp Essentials to Pack for Active Girl

Is your sports girl heading off to camp this summer? Dragonwing makes packing for summer camp easy!

Stock up on essential base layers that will keep her comfortable, cool, and confident all summer long.

• four-way stretch, moisture-wicking fabric for a cool, perfect fit
anti-microbial & odor resistant even in hot, humid weather
• tag-free design and flat seams for chafe-free comfort
• smooth, light support shorts & leggings with a wedgie-free fit
• fun, stylish, age-appropriate designs for girls, ages 8-17

Whether she’s at day camp, a week-long sports camp, or overnight camp for a month (or more!), Dragonwing will provide comfort, coverage (especially helpful for changing in cabins or locker room), and style. Some of our favorites with tweens and teens:

HALF-TEE SPORTS TOP: ideal for girls who comfort and coverage, the Half-Tee great under tees, tank tops, and jerseys every day.

Half Tee Sports Top for girls great first bra

RACER SPORTS BRA: our best-selling girls’ sports bra, the Racer’s super fine yarn and double-layered coverage ensures support, comfort, and coverage.

Racer sports bra for teen, tween girl

 

UN-DEE LIGHT COMPRESSION SPANDEX SHORTS: super comfortable with a wedgie-free fit, the Un-Dee comes in three styles: low-rise, mini (3″ inseam), and regular (5.5″ inseam). Lots of great colors, too!

 

Un-Dee compression Spandex shorts for girls in 3 styles

Introducing Madi, Dragonwing Ambassador

Hi Dragonwing girls!

I’m Madi, a new Dragonwing girlgear ambassador. Let me tell you about myself!

 

Dragonwing girlgear ambassador Madi

First off all, I’m currently in the 7th grade and am heading into 8th. One of my favorite subjects is social studies. I feel this is an odd subject to like because most people say it’s boring, but it’s just so interesting to me. While school is important, many other things are important to me, such as rock climbing. Rock climbing is my passion and I know I will never give it up.

Rock climbing is my passion

Another thing I do is snowboard and ski in the winter time. I’ve tried both and like them just the same. A funny story with skiing is the first time I tried (3 months ago), I cried the whole way down the bunny hill! But after that I became better than my mom. Since my family and I live in Colorado, winter is pretty intense for us and most everybody. That means skiing and snowboarding is what my weekend consists of for about 4 months.

When summer rolls around, when my dog Roosevelt and I run around the neighborhood like crazy. Roosevelt is a Black Lab and about 6 years old. He is literally the best dog in the world to me. My family and I love to go camping, but sadly our dog is a little too wild to come with us. But it’s still super fun. In the summer, I also ride my horse Sugar, who’s 10 years old.

In the future, I hope we get to know each other more, but this is just a snippet of my life as an introduction. If you have any questions or ideas, leave a comment. And if you don’t want to miss any future Sideline Chatter updates, subscribe by entering your email on the right.