National Girls and Women in Sports Day Profile: Abby Ackerman

Editor's Note: With National Girls and Women in Sports Day being celebrated on Feb. 5, the Lynx organization will be highlighting female athletes throughout the week. According to the Women's Sports Foundation, Education is the most effective way of remedying discrimination. Thus, National Girls and Women in Sports Day is not just a day to celebrate the achievements of women in sports to the exclusion of the achievement of male athletes. It is a day where males and females focus on (1) the importance of remedying past discrimination against women in sports, (2) the benefits of sports participation for girls, and (3) addressing the myths that have kept both boys and girls from supporting girls' sports participation; myths like "throws like a girl", girls who play sports are lesbians, girls who do gymnastics get eating disorders, etc. Today, we continue with Abby Ackerman.

Name:Abby Ackerman

What inspired you to play basketball?

Watching the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx.

Who was your idol (athlete) growing up? Why?

Lindsey Whalen. Because of her courage to drive and handle the ball at the top of the key.

What has sports given you?

Sports have given me something to look forward to when I get home. Something that I know I can work on for the rest of my life.

How did it affect your life?

It gives me a sense of accomplishment when we win or even if I just score a point it gives me a sense of wow I can do something well.

How important is sport for young women?

Very important we don't want to just watch boys play a sport we love. We all should be able to play what sports we want to play if we want to play.

 How has basketball helped shape you into the women you are today?

It gives me pride and something to work for/ up to.

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