Making Moves: Women in Sports Are Showing Up and Showing Out

This week’s Making Moves honorees are a little special—they’re all in the sports and athletic industry! Read on to see what’s going on in women’s soccer, gaming, and marathons.

Create & Cultivate alumni Genevieve Padalecki and her husband Jared have surpassed their $20,000 Boston Marathon fundraising goal. Proceeds will benefit Dream Big!, a Boston-based nonprofit organization, supports underprivileged girls who want to play sports and participate in physical activities.

On the heels of its powerful “Dream Crazier” ad, Nike is putting its money where its mouth is in supporting women’s sports: The brand just signed a three-year deal with UEFA Women’s Football and, for the first time since 1995, released new national uniforms (instead of deviations from men’s uniforms) for 14 of 24 teams competing in the World Cup.

Chiquita Evans, a former college and semi-pro basketball player, became the first woman ever drafted into the NBA 2K League last week. Next on her list? "I'm going to see if I can do a real-life shooting competition with Stephen Curry,'' she says.

The US women’s soccer team has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation. The athletes — including Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd — take issue with pay, travel, medical treatment, and coaching, and despite playing more games than the men’s team (and winning more of them), they still receive less pay from the federation.

After hearing about too many runners getting their period during long-distance races only to find they had no access to menstrual products, Rainshadow Running co-race director Elizabeth Reese started stocking all her aid stations with tampons. It’s time for other races to follow suit!