Bryn Mawr College (BMC) has always been a symbol of female empowerment. From its founding, it has attracted women who would not settle for anything less than access to the highest quality education and the opportunities such an education secures; so it came as no surprise that when Universal Promise (UP) reached out to the College for assistance launching the Addo Netball Development Programme (ANDP) in South Africa, BMC was swiftly onboard.
Netball is the South African equivalent of girls' basketball, and girls flock to the courts in droves to be physically active, inspire camaraderie, and resist temptation. Toward that end, the UP-inspired ANDP will include a life skills curriculum that will address an array of the girls' realities, from leadership and human rights to reproductive health, HIV/AIDS/STIs, and gender-based violence.
When BMC head basketball coach, Becky Tyler, heard about our initiative, she was all over it. Within days, BMC basketball equipment in excellent condition arrived at the UP front door: 15 black and 15 white practice uniforms and 15 warm-up suits. An ANDP logo is in the works, and when applied to the BMC athletic wear, the two institutions will have officially stretched across continents to empower women and to encourage them to secure their rightful positions in society.
Anassa kata, kalo kale,
Ia ia ia Nike,
Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr, and Addo, too!