About The Toyota Everyday Heroes
Launched at the 2013 espnW Women + Sports Summit, Toyota's Everyday Heroes program honors women who are working to promote and grow sports for girls and women in their local communities.
Meet The 2014 Everyday Heroes
DR. KIMBERLY S. CLAY
Clay, of Nashville, Tennessee, is the founder and executive director of Play Like a Girl, a resource to inspire girls to live a happier, healthier and more active lifestyle by promoting physical activity. Clay, a public health professional and former academician. Her research exploring the relationship between cancer, survivorship and spirituality has been cited in Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work, Health Education Research and Cancer Control. She serves on multiple community organizations including YWCA of Middle Tennessee and Junior League of Nashville, among many others.
ESPN soccer commentator and former professional player Mónica González is the founder of Gonzo Soccer, a not-for-profit soccer and leadership academy for girls ages 8 through 16 from Chicago's underserved communities. The former All-American and Academic All-American at Notre Dame was a founding member in 1998 of the Mexican women's national team, helping lead it in the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup and serving as its captain from 2003 to 2007. González, a native of Richardson, Texas, played two with the Boston Breakers, earning 2003 WUSA All-Star honors.
Smallwood is the executive director of SheJumps, a nonprofit whose mission is to increase female participation in outdoor activities. She holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College in Foreign Languages and Literatures. "What inspires me about my work with SheJumps is the chance to create opportunities for women and children who would normally have none," she says, "and to plant the idea that it is possible to live an adventurous and inspiring lifestyle, no matter who you are or where you come from."
Meet the 2013 Everyday Heroes
Akiode grew up playing basketball and graduated as Fordham's sixth all-time leading scorer. After graduating from college, she played professional basketball in Europe and for the Nigerian national team. It was that time with Nigeria that sparked Akiode's dream to build the Hope 4 Girls foundation, which focuses on instilling discipline, developing leadership skills, promoting pro-social friendships and reasserting a sense of hope in the future amongst girls from less privileged backgrounds. Since its launch in March 2010, Hope 4 Girls has opened its doors to girls from Ghana and Benin Republic and helped girls secure student athletic scholarships.
Lazarus, who was a four-sport athlete in high school, has dedicated the past eight years to creating opportunities for girls in Chicago through Game On! Sports Camps 4 Girls, program that holds summer camps that help empower girls (ages 4-14) to develop or enhance their passion for sports. In addition to the camps, Lazarus also created the Game On! Foundation, which raises funds to help young girls gain more opportunities through sports.
Siegal, a pioneer in the baseball community, was the first woman to throw batting practice for an MLB team and coach a men's pro team. Using her milestones as inspiration, Siegal founded Baseball For All, a program that provides meaningful opportunities in baseball, especially for girls.