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Female Athletes Doing It All: Sports and Motherhood
What about these athletes make them special? They've taken on the challenges of being a student or professional athlete and a mom, and they're winning at every stop!
Meet these amazing women, athletes who are changing the game for their respective sports and the picture of motherhood.
Crystal Dunn is fighting for equity; the Portland Thorns soccer player is seven months pregnant, still training with her team, and busy with The Black Women's Player Collective – a non-profit she co-founded. Dunn is focused on two milestones ahead, having a healthy baby boy this summer and competing for a Women's World Cup in July of 2023.
Allyson is a trailblazer, literally and metaphorically, someone who sets the standard on the track and is known to break down barriers for female-athletes, specifically athletes who are also moms. While Felix is traveling and training for the Olympics, she paves the way for other athlete moms by advocating for child-care for mothers as they train.
Related: My Daily Grind: A Day in the Life of D1 Track Star, Danielle Steff (https://www.2adays.com/
Mikalia Martin, a stand-out for The University of Houston's Track & Field team, became pregnant in her junior year at the American Athletic university. Martin was scared about her future as an athlete, but looked to Serena Williams, as they happened to be expecting at the same time, to inspire her journey forward. Martin was able to rely on her university, coaches, and family and welcomed a healthy baby girl into the world who has beared witness to her mom competing at the NCAA championship, the Olympic trials, and now at her May 2022 graduation ceremony.
Oregon softball's starting shortstop, Jasmine Williams, felt a slew of support, and some hate, from the Oregon fanbase in 2021 when she announced she would be opting out of the season due to her pregnancy. After the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID19, the world was ready for her appearance in the much anticipated 2021 season. On February 11, 2022, Williams had her triumphant return, less than one-year postpartum, with her husband and son supporting her in the stands.
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