Middle schoolers learn from sports legends at girls' summit

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Grizzlies and the Women's Foundation of Memphis hosted their second annual girls' summit beginning Tuesday.

The summit is held in celebration of the anniversary of Title IX.

The girls' summit was about empowering girls and reminding them of their value in the competitive world of sports.

It's the second year the Memphis Grizzlies have hosted the summit, inviting student-athletes from across the city to get hands-on experience with the pros.

"We wanted to bring together a very diverse group of girls, so girls from all backgrounds who have one thing in common and that's sports," Grizzlies Foundation Executive Director Diane Terrell said.

Terrell said it's a chance to expose students to more.

"This is my favorite event of the year," Terrell said. "The reason why we do this is to bring girls together and introduce them to what are non-traditional sports."

The girls learned life lessons from various female athletes like WNBA Champion Tamika Catchings, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist for US Soccer Angela Hucles, World Rugby Hall of Famer Phaidra Knight, basketball player Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, and sports dietitian Meg Mangano

The summit hosted 250 middle school girls from the Memphis area at FedExForum.

"It's so proper and fitting that we're able to do this at a time in the world when women and young girls are lifting their voice to speak out on the things they think are very, very important," Ruby Bright with Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis said.

Catchings' career has taken her from being a star player at the University of Tennessee to one of the most valuable women in professional basketball.

She shared a message of inspiration with girls who look up to her...

"Just like you guys I went to camps and clinics growing up, I had role models," Catchings said. "I had mentors and I had people who I wanted to follow and who I aspired to be."

"It's important for me because it gives me an opportunity to show the life of basketball and fundamentals and helps me grow as a basketball player," Sherwood Middle School student Carmen Wash said.

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