Pittsburgh women’s sports teams partner with Thelma Lovette YMCA to host Girls and Women in Sports celebration

Pittsburgh, PA – January 27, 2020 — Hotspurs has teamed up with Pittsburgh’s leading women in athletics for the second annual Girls and Women in Sports Event, Thursday, February 6th, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Thelma Lovette YMCA.

The main focus of the event derived from a need to celebrate women in sports and inspire female athletes in Pittsburgh to realize the valuable opportunities they have to continue their athletic careers right here in Pittsburgh, PA. 

This year’s event will feature the 2020 Women in Sports Q&A panel, a collaboration of women representing a wide variety of roles within the local athletic community.

“The discussion panel portion of the evening, to me, is such an important piece to this event for so many reasons. Foremost, it is no secret that across the board there is a lack of women in high ranking leadership positions; and the male-dominated sport and wellness industry is definitely no exception.”  Jordan Daloisio, general manager for the Pittsburgh Hotspurs WPSL team and the Hotspurs’ girls youth development phase leader shared.

2020 Women in Sports Panel members include:

Ebony Montgomery, Allegheny YMCA Welcome Center Supervisor and Pittsburgh Passion QB
Chelsea Zahn, Partnership Activation Manager for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Stephanie Harrison, Counseling Psychologist at WVU and Founder of Steel City FC
Maria Rose, Environmental Journalist, Routesetter and Coach at ASCEND, and Director of MC1R (Many Colors, One Route)
Rebecca Trapp, Director of Forge Rugby
Annie Schiller, personal trainer, a former player for the Pittsburgh Puffins
Amanda Fortunato, Drayer Physical Therapy and player for the Pittsburgh Puffins

In addition to panel representatives, the Girls and Women in Sports Day event will feature representatives from seven local women’s sports teams in seven sports: Pittsburgh Hotspurs (women’s soccer), Steel City Roller Derby, Pittsburgh Forge (women’s rugby), Pittsburgh Banshees (women’s Gaelic football), Pittsburgh Passion (women’s football), Pittsburgh Puffins (women’s ice hockey) and Pittsburgh Ultimate (ultimate frisbee).

“Just as the women’s sports organizations participating in this event have recognized the need for young girls to see strong and confident athletes that “look like them” competing at high levels; it is equally as important for these young girls to see women that they can relate to in leadership positions within this industry,” Daloisio stated. 

“It is important we bring women from various fields together to share their experiences, their successes and their struggles, and to relay information that has helped them persevere to arrive at their current position.”

Pittsburgh coaches, team representatives, and players will also be present to meet and greet the community at this FREE and informative event. Thelma Lovette YMCA is partnering with participating organizations for the Girls and Women in Sports event and will have a wellness exhibit set up with special demos and deals available. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to celebrate Girls and Women in Sports.

Thelma Lovette YMCA
2114 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219


More information and important updates can be found on the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/thelma-lovette-ymca/girls-and-women-in-sports-event/2183559338607454/ 

Questions can be directed to Jordan Daloisio at COACHJORDAN@HOTSPURS-SOCCER.COM