Our utmost thanks to everyone who participated in the Awesome Sports Writing Contest, but alas, winning is fun (so are cash prizes)! Congratulations to our winners and honorable mentions!

Adult Category

WINNER ($300):

My First Love
– By Elisa Haggarty
A Kobe-eque farewell ode; a love affair, midnight rendezvous at the park; a break-up and a welcome-back letter to the game that saved her.

RUNNER – UP ($50):

I am a Skateboarder
– By Kristin Ebeling
She found skateboarding through a video game; she struggled to find her community; they told her she wasn’t pretty enough. She is on a life-long journey to prove that female skateboards are legit skateboarders too. She is a female skateboarder.


Father/Daughter: A Lesson Learned from my Fourth-Grade Daughter
– By Dick Peterson
He coached her. He was hard on her. He yelled at her. He wanted her to win the championship at all costs. But she set him straight.

Youth Category (20 & Under)

WINNER ($150):

A Perfect Game
– By Charli Elliott
From playing catch with dad to windmilling softballs to saving a perfect game, Charli Elliott, a basketball player at Pacific University, reminisces about her softball days.

We are excited publish these essays over the next couple of months. Please check back to read these wonderful works of girls, women and sports! Our goal is to continue to inspire and share stories of girls and women in sports.

This contest was made possible by the generous donation of the Jackson family in Edmonds, Washington, and Basketball Education in Action.

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