UM Athletics Announces Schedule for Seventh Annual Celebration of Women’s Athletics Presented by adidas

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami athletics department announced that the seventh annual Celebration of Women’s Athletics presented by adidas will commence Monday, June 14, kicking off a weeklong celebration that will culminate with a student-athlete panel hosted by adidas global ambassador Ally Love.

UM Athletics will highlight 11 individual award winners on MiamiHurricanes.com and its social media platforms daily from June 14-19. Love, who is also a world-renowned spokesperson for Peloton and in-game host for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, will host a panel discussion with select winners that will be released on Sunday, June 20.

“We are thrilled that Ally will participate in this year’s Celebration of Women’s Athletics,” said Jennifer Strawley, Deputy Athletics Director/Chief Operating Officer and Senior Woman Administrator. “She is a terrific role model for our student-athletes, and I know she will enjoy sharing their stories and celebrating their remarkable accomplishments on and off the field.”

With the incredible challenges experienced since March of 2020, Miami Athletics recognizes the critical need to continue to support the Building Women Champions Campaign during this year’s weeklong celebration. The campaign is designed to develop leaders and prepare women to be successful in life beyond athletic competition. Support of the CWA includes exclusive benefits that strengthen the impact on UM female student-athletes.

“We are excited to be able to continue our Celebration of Women’s Athletics in 2021,” Director of Athletics Blake James said. “It has become one of our signature annual events and despite the current challenges of holding in-person events we still want to recognize, honor and celebrate these incredible female student-athletes. Now more than ever, they need our support.”

The Celebration of Women’s Athletics week will honor current Miami female student-athletes from each of UM’s 11 women’s programs for their excellence on the playing field, as well as in the classroom and community. It will also recognize some of the pioneers who have helped pave the way for the continued success of women’s athletics at Miami.

“Receiving this prestigious award in the past has been truly an honor,” said two-time CWA winner and NCAA women’s singles champion Estela Perez-Somarriba. “I am blessed to be part of a university that empowers and recognizes female athletes in such a significant way. Being part of this elite group is gratifying and very inspiring. Incredible women, such as my sisters and current coach, Paige Yaroshuk-Tews, have impacted my tennis career and I could not be more thankful for the values they have conveyed to me. I will be always grateful for all of these experiences.”

The CWA was founded in 2015 by University of Miami Board of Trustees members Hilarie Bass, Barbara Havenick and Laurie Silvers. The proceeds from the CWA are used to provide UM female student-athletes with first-class opportunities to compete, study and become the next generation of leaders.

Participation and support for the Celebration of Women’s Athletics starts at $100 per person. All gifts are tax-deductible.

To make your gift in support of the CWA, click here. For more information on how to support the CWA, please contact the Hurricane Club at 305-284-6699.