Finding my Voice: Being a Male in Women’s Sports Advocacy
By Andrew George, NOWSA Community Impact Intern
Nearly two months into my summer internship with the Northeast Ohio Women’s Sports Alliance (NOWSA), I have been fortunate enough to be a part of educational experiences that demonstrate the strength of inclusion in sport. The community-based sports organizations creating gender-inclusive environments in Northeast Ohio have taught me about the diverse opportunities for sport and expanded the outlook I have as a male in women’s sports advocacy.
Prior to accepting my position as a Community Impact Intern, I was well aware of the questions that would come from individuals regarding my status as a male working with an organization dedicated to supporting women in sport. Although the majority of my responsibilities are executed remotely, I have represented NOWSA at in-person events, as well. I quickly noticed how the reaction and attention aimed towards our table differs depending on who is standing next to me. If either of my supervisors, Barb and Elise, are present, it is much more likely that women will approach and inquire about the organization’s mission, values, and services.
Andrew George (far right) at a youth football camp with other volunteers
About andrew george
Andrew George is a rising senior at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, OH and current Community Impact Intern with the Northeast Ohio Women’s Sports Alliance. As a double major in sport management and sociology, he has had the opportunity to be a part of many diverse experiences that include working at the Super Bowl, coaching athletes with physical and cognitive disabilities, and engaging in nonviolence training in Selma, AL while on a trip learning about civil rights in the U.S. Following graduation in Spring 2022, Andrew hopes to secure a career that uses sport as a platform to empower communities and advance social equity.