Meet New Project Manager: Danielle Strasburger

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Hi everyone! My name is Danielle, and I’m one of the new Project Managers for GirlSportWorks.

I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, a wonderful city full of live music, great food and very active people. When it’s not too absurdly hot, people in Austin love to hike and bike on our many trails, kayak and paddleboard on the lake, or play pick up sports in Zilker Park. Growing up in Austin gave me a deep appreciation for the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle.

I played all sorts of sports across my childhood, including tennis, dance, gymnastics, swimming, and basketball, but I focused on three main ones in high school: field hockey, soccer and lacrosse.Through these three teams I met some of my best friends, faced some of my toughest challenges, and achieved some of my proudest successes, including captaining all three teams my senior year.

My sister and I played on the same field hockey team, and my grandparents came to watch!

In college, I planned to focus mainly on academics rather than athletics. I attended Harvard University and graduated in 2018 with a degree in Social Studies (with a focus on gender, ethics and development in Latin America), a minor in Human Evolutionary Biology, and a certificate in Spanish language. However, while I loved my studies, I quickly found that I missed the experience of being on a team and staying active. I joined the club field hockey team and participated heavily in the intramural (IM) sports program as well, trying out new sports like squash, handball and crew.

I was a coxswain for IM crew, an entirely new but fun challenge!

I’m the youngest of four sisters and between my family and my sport teams, I was accustomed to being in women-centric environments, and I missed that in college. While the club field hockey team ended up becoming a great source of female friendship and empowerment, the IM program was very male-dominated. Fighting to get more women to feel confident participating in IMs reminded me how lucky I’ve been to grow up with access to such supportive and formative female athletics programs.

Our club field hockey team was co-ed, but majority women.

I’m beyond excited to spend the next year in Cusco working for GirlSportWorks. I know that my experience with sports has shaped me into the person I am today and made me a more skilled leader, a better team player, and a harder worker. I can’t wait to pass on these life skills and great experiences to the next generation of young women here in Cusco and to have a lot of fun with them in the process! Kyla, Rachel and all the previous project managers have done incredible work building the GirlSportWorks program, and I’m excited to work with my co-project manager Adrie to build upon their legacies. Cheers to a great year ahead!

– Danielle

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