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Over a thousand Orange County female high school athletes gathered at Mariners Church in Irvine to discuss the hardships of female athletes in sports from the past and presently. Multiple athletes from all fall, winter, and spring sports attend the fifteenth annual OC Women in Sports Conference. Three out of the four speakers were former successfully ranked softball players and the other was a successful WNBA player that now coaches at Concordia University.
The first speaker was a former Berkeley basketball player, WNBA player, and current coach at Concordia University. Trish-Stafford Odom related her topics of hardships in sports to her faith and her two sons, relating her speech to everyone in the room.
Another speaker, Suzy Branzey was in attendance as well. Mrs. Uhl, who chaperoned the event, was thrilled about all the softball speakers. She said, “Back when I played softball I had the opportunity to play against her." Mrs. Uhl's daughter was also in attendance supporting her own school, Trabuco Hills High School.
Karlee Kistler, an athlete who participates in two CMHS sports and attended the event said, "It was great listening to all of the speakers’ stories. I think that it was really inspiring to all women athletes and it motivates me to try my best and to reach my goals and dreams!"
Amanda Freed, another softball player, brought along two guests that participate in the Special Olympics.
The final speaker was Jen Schroder. Brenna Alvis, a three-sport athlete said, "My favorite person was Jen Schroeder because she was at the top of her game and…she never gave up hope [despite facing many challenges].”