Celebrating Women’s History Month

Celebrating Women’s History Month

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, Every Kid Sports proudly recognizes the invaluable contributions of women in sports, both on and off the field. Throughout history, women have shattered barriers, defied expectations, and paved the way for future generations of athletes.
From trailblazers like Billie Jean King and Wilma Rudolph to modern-day icons like Serena Williams and Megan Rapinoe, women athletes have inspired millions with their talent, determination, and resilience. Their achievements transcend sports, serving as symbols of empowerment and catalysts for change in society.
This month, we want to highlight some of our very own trailblazers, who not only inspire us but lead the way in providing more accessibility for kids in youth sports.

Bonnie Bernstein | Every Kid Sports Board Vice President

Bonnie is recognized by the American Sportscasters Association as one of the most accomplished female journalists in her field. She is the founder of Walk Swiftly Productions, her latest endeavor in a career that has spanned nearly two decades on-air with ESPN and CBS, covering the NFL, NBA, MLB and college football and basketball.

Why Bonnie supports Every Kid Sports:
“I’ve done enough work in the youth health and wellness space to understand the over-arching impact of physical activity on children. It’s about so much more than obesity. Unfortunately, many schools across America lack funding for sports programming and many struggling families can’t cover team registration fees. That’s where Every Kid Sports can help, and I’m honored to align with people who are genuinely committed to making a difference.”

Jenn Brown | Every Kid Sports Board Member

Jenn is a two-time Emmy Award winning sports broadcaster, mother of two boys, wife and entrepreneur. She is best known as the first female correspondent for Inside the NFL, a former host & reporter for ESPN, host of American Ninja Warrior and covering Bellator MMA. Health, Motherhood, Technology and Lifestyle obsessed – Jenn will show you the most efficient way of getting the job done well.

Why Jenn supports Every Kid Sports:
“Playing sports has shaped every aspect of who I am today. I cannot imagine where I would be without it. Every kid deserves that same chance to play.”

Erin Stender | Every Kid Sports Board Member

Erin is a brilliant marketing executive with roles at ACTIVE Network, Evernote, Classy, Bodybuilding.com, and Camp Spot. She brings a purposeful passion for sport and the opportunities it creates. Her motivation to work with Every Kid Sports is to make a positive impact on the next generation by giving them the chance to play and have fun.

Why Erin supports Every Kid Sports:
“Our time may be finite, but our impact doesn’t have to be. I believe wholeheartedly in the opportunities, lessons learned, and skills gained through physical activity and believe Every Kid Sports has the potential to create a lifelong impact on the future leaders of our world.”

Eleana Fanaika | Every Kid Sports Pass Program Director

Eleana has a diverse background in sports; including, coaching, physical education, athletic training, and retail management specializing in sporting goods. Eleana joined the team to connect her passion for sports with her degree in Kinesiology. Eleana spent two years as a student athletic trainer for Arizona State University Football, Softball, and Track, and Field. Eleana has coached youth sports in K-12 schools, recreational programs, and club settings. 

In 2013, Eleana helped the YMCA connect high schools impacted by homelessness and juvenile delinquencies to participate in boy’s and girls’ basketball programs; providing sports as an opportunity for high-risk students to become student-athletes. Eleana grew up playing soccer and volleyball; as well as outdoor adventures in camping, hiking, rock climbing, jet skiing, and wakeboarding. Outside of the office Eleana can be found leisurely biking and hiking around Bend, OR, playing lawn games, and taking Orange Theory classes. Future endeavors include learning to ski and coaching her littles in sports.

Donna Skemp | Accounting/Office Management

Donna has 35 years of experience in finance and accounting. In 2015, Donna joined the Peace Corps, where she helped the Children’s Orphanage in Botswana. She fell in love with Botswana through her work and her rescued pups, Naledi, meaning Star in Tswana, and Ema, which is the verb – to wait; just as she told Ema to wait for her.  Donna’s always been active; at 16 years-old Donna biked the entire TransAmerica Bike-centennial Trail from Oregon to Virginia. 

Donna loves to hike, especially when her adult kids come to visit! Hiking has helped her heal from the back infection.In addition to Every Kid Sports, Donna continues her passion for animals through raising money for the Central Oregon Human Society, fostering dogs and as a part time Esthetician.

Lisa Mauvais | Partner Success Manager

Lisa has a passion for helping others with over 25 years experience in corporate training and learning & development. Being raised by a single mother with five children and limited financial resources, Lisa knows first-hand the positive impact of sports on a child’s social skills and well being–but also the financial obstacles some parents face keeping their children involved in sports. She considers herself lucky to have grown up playing soccer, basketball, and competitive softball. 

Lisa’s community board service includes her own children’s swim team board, soccer board, football booster, and PTCO. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her two amazing kids, Siena and Cole, and awesome husband Brad and Louis their yellow lab. She enjoys skiing, biking, hiking, running up hills, group exercise classes and traveling with her family.

Ana Reynolds | DEI Success Coordinator

Ana was born and raised in Barinas, Venezuela. She is a sports and exercise professional who is currently working on her master’s in Human Relations in Public and Nonprofit Organizations. Ana is passionate about advocating for minorities and kids, and passionate about languages. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and English. She had the opportunity to run D2 Cross Country at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and has been an advocate for sports participation in youth ever since. 

Ana loves biking, running, swimming, and tennis. In her free time, you can find her taking a class at OrangeTheory, trying a new restaurant in Oklahoma City, or cuddling with her corgis while reading a book.

Join us in celebrating Women’s History Month and empowering the next generation of female athletes!

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