I can’t even begin to tell you how I feel tonight. I’m overwhelmed. I’m tired. I’m excited. I’m incredibly grateful.
Since I posted my feelings and hope for change at the state level I have been overwhelmed by the support those feelings have received.
I’ve gotten messages all day via FB messenger, email, texts and even some phone calls. I’ve heard from family that I knew I’d hear from and from people who really surprised me.
I’ve heard from D1 NCAA coaches who saw it and support it. I’ve heard from guys I knew in college that played football at KU who have offered their help, some even offered money if we should need it to promote our cause.
I heard from so many parents at our kids school, some of whom don’t even have daughters.
I’ve heard from people I don’t know who have daughters that play at other schools. I’ve heard from administrators at other schools that quietly reached out to throw their support behind what I am trying to accomplish.
I’ve heard from many coaches in the state that are happy that I put this out there into the social web and offered their support and help.
Perhaps my favorite correspondence of the day is the email I got from a tennis player who read my post and wanted to thank me for standing up for her.
When I got in my car after practice and looked at my phone I had 27 comments or messages to short through on FB alone. I clicked on the petition and at that point there were over 700 names. 700 names in a total of 5 hours. I sat in my car and cried for a minute. Not tears of sadness, but tears of joy. I was raised to believe that if you believe in something you should fight for it, I am thrilled to see so many people are on the same page.
To be clear, I believe in positive change. I believe girls athletics are as important as boys. I will always stand up for what I believe in. I do believe that there are changes that need to be made. I also believe that if we approach this in a positive and productive matter that those changes will happen.
Maybe I’m naive…but I think I’m just hopeful. If you want to help, sign the petition.
For reference…these are just some of the people I am doing this for…
As I sign off for the night I am watching the petition numbers go above 1,000 people. 1,000 people in 9 hours. That’s pretty awesome. Keep signing. Keep sharing. Keep making a difference.