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COLUMBUS, Ga. — After a successful inaugural year, the Columbus State University athletic department will hold its second annual Girls in the Game Advance Initiative on Thursday, April 28. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Country Club of Columbus.
The Columbus State University Girls in the Game Advance Initiative began in 2015 with one goal in mind: to raise money to empower CSU’s female student-athletes and support their programs.
This year’s event will be headlined by two-time Women’s World Cup Soccer champion and Olympic gold medalist Brandi Chastain. Now an assistant women’s soccer coach at Santa Clara University, Chastain spent 16 years with the United States Women’s National Team.
“Attracting Brandi Chastain to share her message of empowering female student-athletes blends perfectly with the Girl’s in the Game Advance Initiative,” CSU Director of Athletics Todd Reeser said. “Investing in the female student-athlete experience serves them well as champions today representing CSU, but more importantly, as leaders for tomorrow in their chosen field of endeavor.”
Chastain has been a big advocate for the empowerment of women through her work in coaching and philanthropic efforts. Along with coaching, Chastain helped found the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI), a nonprofit organization that equips female athletes through a series of leadership and service programs. She is also a strong supporter of the All Girls Can Play movement, which uses soccer to raise awareness about discrimination challenges faced by girls worldwide.
“Empowering our future leaders, especially females, is one of the most critical things that we do as coaches and administrators,” CSU head women’s soccer coach Jay Entlich said. “This is one of the most unique events of its kind at our level and building upon the success of last year’s event is crucial.
“Having someone of Brandi’s caliber headline this year’s event speaks volumes about the opportunity we have to make a significant impact in the future of our female student-athletes.”
Along with Chastain, the event will feature Columbus State student-athletes, past and present.
The Girls in the Game Advance Initiative is an invite only event. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Jay Entlich at 706-507-8055 or Entlich_Jason@ColumbusState.edu.
Donations can be made regardless of attendance at the event by downloading the pledge card and returning it via mail.