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Strong Women Inspire Strong Women

Serena Williams, Simone Biles, Jessica Long, Abby Wambach, Misty Copeland, Tamika Catchings — all incredible women breaking down barriers in sports, paving a new path for the next generation and proving that to #PlayLikeaGirl is a compliment.

One of the incredible things about womanhood is the opportunity to band together, support and encourage one another. When we look beyond the headlines to the real stories behind each of these women, we see that there are other women behind them, championing them in the great moments, standing by them in the tough ones, and always believing in them, even when they don’t believe in themselves.

We asked the ladies of #TeamSTX to share a little bit about the women who have inspired them in their journeys. And let’s just say, moms won:

Dempsey Arsenault, Boston College ‘19, WPLL Brave Midfield

 

My mom and I are extremely close and one of the things that we share is our love for sports. She played three sports in college and instilled in me from an early age the value of hard work. She’s always so positive, caring, supportive and overall one of my biggest fans. She motivates me and pushes me to strive for greatness!

Lindsey Ronbeck, University of Florida ‘19, WPLL Fight Attack 

My mom is the one who has inspired and challenged me to be the best athlete and person I can be. She is my biggest cheerleader, but also my biggest critic. She has always been the one to push me to break the glass ceiling, work harder and never stop going after what I want.

Liz Hogan, University of Syracuse ‘11, WPLL Pride Goalie

One of the most inspirational women in my life is my mom. She not only raised twins, but she was also a successful businesswoman and the first in her family to attend college. Her work ethic pushed me to become the best version of myself. Throughout every success and failure, she continues to guide and foster growth in me not only as an athlete, but as a person.

Molly Hendrick, University of North Carolina ‘17, WPLL Fire Attack/Midfield

My mom was never the pushy type and that was the best part about her. She let me be me. When I told her I wanted to play football, she signed me up. When I told her I wanted to play ice hockey, she took me to buy equipment and got me on a team. She has always supported my dreams and let me be my most authentic self. She has shown me how to be strong and confident, and continues to support me in my athletic career and my life. I hope to be more like her everyday!

Michelle Tumolo, University of Syracuse ‘13, WPLL Fire Attack

The two women in my life that have truly inspired and challenged me to achieve my goals as an athlete are my mom and my high school coach, Megan Conklin. My mom encouraged my athletic talent from a young age — whether it was being my biggest cheerleader or picking me up after a down performance, she continued to believe in me. She drove me to practice after practice when I was doing multiple sports in different towns — all while balancing being a mom of four other kids. She's my true hero!

My high school coach Megan Conklin is a huge part of why I am where I am. She started the program at my high school with a team full of kids who had never even picked up a stick. She saw something in me that I didn't see in myself, and she pushed me every single day to get better and never settle for being just good. She opened my eyes to the opportunities that came to light in my life. She not only taught me the game of lacrosse, but to work hard when no one is watching and to chase your dreams and make them a reality. I am forever grateful for her.

Megan Douty, University of Maryland ‘15, WPLL Command Defense

One of the women in my life that has had a big impact on my career is my best friend, Alex Marino. She has always been such a positive influence, both in my lacrosse journey and in life. Her support means the world to me and I know I would not be where I am today without her. She constantly pushes me to be the best I can be and never gives up on me!

Let’s keep the love going! We want to hear about the women who have inspired you in your life. Post a photo with a woman who has encouraged you as an athlete and a person, tag @stxwlax and #STXThatsMyGirl. We’ll #repost and celebrate with you!

Liz Hogan started her career playing on the boys’ team — here’s what it taught her.

To learn more about the strong ladies of #TeamSTX, click here.