Toyota/espnW “Everyday Hero” Award
“To be honored nationally for our work is overwhelming and extremely humbling,” said Summers. “I started Beyond Sticks in 2010 with just one field hockey team of 12 girls and to have it grow because of the work of so many great coaches and strong partnerships is the real reward. To see, the 1,600 plus girls go through our programs, grow as athletes, and gain confidence and self-esteem is why we are so passionate about women playing sports. I am hopeful we can use the grant to continue to grow field hockey in the area and provide more opportunities for communities to play our sport, but also play beyond the game with our life-skills curriculum.”
Launched at the 2013 espnW: Women + Sports Summit, the Toyota Everyday Heroes program honors women who are working to promote and grow sports for girls and women in local communities.