ESPYs 2022: Evanston Township High School student-athlete receives honorary award

ESPYs 2022: Evanston Township High School student-athlete receives honorary award

EVANSTON, Unwell. (TOC) — Rising Evanston Township Excessive Faculty sophomore Olivia Ohlson performs three sports activities: basketball, softball and golf.

“I am unable to actually choose a favourite,” Ohlson mentioned. “I play all of them as a result of I really like all of them.”

For her work as a student-athlete and her efforts to assist different ladies of colour in sports activities, Ohlson has been awarded with the 2022 Honorary ESPY for Excellent Feminine Athlete.

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Ohlson does not simply take pleasure in her athleticism. To her, participating together with her group can be essential.

“I really feel that group service is the easiest way to develop and be taught extra issues about your self,” she mentioned. “Not solely are you serving to different individuals, however you are studying so much about your self and it provides you quite a lot of nice expertise.”

This yr’s ESPY awards fall alongside the 50-year anniversary of Title IX, the civil rights laws that prohibited gender-based discrimination in instructional establishments which might be federally funded.

Ohlson has labored to create alternatives for ladies of colour in sports activities. This spring, she began Diversify Golf, a mission geared toward making golf extra accessible to ladies of colour.

“We’re really going out to group facilities the place youngsters already are and assembly them the place they’re at,” Ohlson mentioned. “So hopefully with studying fundamental expertise, they will have the arrogance to go to a course at some point.”

When Ohlson took up golf a few years in the past, she mentioned she didn’t see many women of colour.”I really feel like two of the primary issues which might be holding individuals of colour and ladies again from taking part in golf is, first, that it is a very costly sport,” Ohlson mentioned. “Second, that it is not likely accessible and generally it is uncomfortable to be in an setting the place it is principally males, particularly white males.”

Now, she is working to alter that. ETHS Athletic Director Chris Livatino nominated Ohlson for the award.

“Reasonably than level fingers at individuals and say, ‘How come this individual does not do it?’ or ‘How come they don’t seem to be doing this?’ She mentioned, ‘Hey, I can do it, make a distinction,'” Livatino mentioned. “I simply respect when our youngsters take possession of problem-solving like that.”

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Ohlson mentioned she did not anticipate to win, and provides credit score to her dad and mom.

“They instilled in me the necessity and need to do group service and to prioritize household and the group as effectively, and simply doing no matter you’ll be able to to assist others round you,” Ohlson mentioned.

Her ardour to assist others began from an early age. After her mother was recognized with breast most cancers years in the past, she began promoting lemonade and baked items, elevating greater than 10 thousand {dollars} for breast most cancers sufferers. Ohlson desires of changing into a biomedical engineer.

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