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Dream Big! hosts third annual leadership conference at UMass-Boston

Posted by Justin Rice  June 5, 2013 01:17 PM

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The third annual Dream Big! leadership conference will provide opportunities for middle and high school girls from Boston Public Schools and other districts in Greater Boston to meet with accomplished women at UMass-Boston Thursday.

The event will go from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the UMass-Boston Campus Center, Third Floor Ballroom (100 Morrissey Blvd.).

Founded in 2010, Dream Big!’s mission is to help break down economic barriers that prevent girls from low-income situations from participating in sports and other physical activities.

High school, collegiate, Olympic, and professional female athletes will speak about the wide range of sports, educational, and career opportunities for young women. Among the speakers will be Olympic gold medalist and Boston Breakers professional soccer player Heather O'Reilly.

O'Reilly also will conduct a soccer clinic as part of the day's events.

Students and teachers/program leaders attending the conference will represent: Beantown Jumpers; Beyond Soccer, Lawrence; Boston Scholar Athletes; Charlestown High; Dorchester Academy; East Boston High; John D. O’ Bryant School of Mathematics & Science; Madison Park High; Roosevelt K-8; Tech Boston Academy; and Timilty Middle School.

Other conference presenters include:

-- Connie Bauman, former collegiate volleyball, basketball, and softball player; professor of the Practice of Sports Medicine at Wellesley College

-- Carolyn Campbell McGovern, former collegiate field hockey, lacrosse and track athlete, high school basketball, soccer, field hockey and track athlete, and deputy executive director, Ivy League

-- Linda Driscoll, former high school basketball, softball and field hockey player, and founder and CEO of Dream Big!

-- Andreen Gilpin, former collegiate basketball player, high school basketball, volleyball, softball, and track athlete, and quality assurance release supervisor for Boston Scientific Corporation

-- Candace Burns Johnson, former collegiate field hockey and basketball player; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, director of workforce development

-- Amy Latimerk, former collegiate basketball player, high school field hockey, basketball, and track athlete, and president of TD Garden

-- Dr. Megan Leo, former collegiate soccer player, high school soccer, volleyball, and softball athlete, and attending physician/emergency medicine, Boston Medical Center

-- Rebekah Splaine, former professional and collegiate soccer player, high school soccer and lacrosse All-American and All-New England basketball, and executive director, Boston Scholar Athlete Program

-- Kristen Rasmussen Tarr, former WNBA, FIBA, and WNBL professional basketball player, and Simmons College head women’s basketball coach

-- Helen Williams, former collegiate basketball player and coach, high school softball player, and athletic administration fellow at Harvard, and author.

-- Sarah Keohane Williamson, former collegiate rugby player, high school golfer, and partner, Wellington Management

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public School athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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