University of Minnesota

2021 Summer Tucker Center Interns

The Tucker Center Gender Equity Summer Internship Program

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Dr. Nicole M. LaVoiOur summer internship and fellowship program is underway! As you'll read below, our team is comprised of girls and women from across the US who share a passion for amplifying the mission of the Tucker Center. Mentoring and providing a quality research experience for students is an integral part of the Tucker Center’s mission to accelerate systems change and make a difference in the lives of girls and women in sport. During the internship, students work collaboratively on gender equity-related projects within a research team which includes a faculty person, graduate students and other interns. The summer internship program was established in 2008; and starting in 2013, to honor the Tucker Center's 20th anniversary through a generous gift of the Live to Give Foundation, we were able to begin offering paid internships. In the 14 years since its inception, we've mentored 37 interns and seven Pam Borton Fellows for the Promotion of Girls and Women in Sport Leadership, all of whom are doing amazing work in diverse ways around the world [click "Where Are They Now" on the Summer Internship web page]—and this group is no exception! The future of women and girls in sport is bright.

—Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, Director

(l. to r. from top left) Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, Courtney Boucher, Hannah Silva-Breen, Cecelia Kaufmann, Jacque Davis, Sophie Liles, Liz Kim, Anna Goorevich, Ramira Ambrose, Maxine Simons, Mahi Jariwala, Jonathan Sweet

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Ambrose Ramira Ambrose will be a senior in the fall of 2021 at Wayzata High School in Minnesota. Ramira competes in varsity soccer and varsity track at Wayzata HS and club soccer year-round. She truly loves all aspects of her sports and wants to advocate gender equality for girls and women in sport. Ramira was mentored by Dr. LaVoi in her junior year of high school in which she researched the inclusion of Women and Women of Color Head Coaches in the NCAA Division I Power Five Soccer Conferences. With her continuation of working with the Tucker Team this summer, Ramira is looking forward to expanding her research to other sports and to advocate for Women and especially Women of Color head coaches. As a female athlete of color, Ramira values the significance of same race and gender role models and hopes to share this passion through research at a one-of-a-kind facility.

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DavisJacque Davis grew up as a deep lover of sports, but it wasn’t until she held her college degree in her hands that she realized exactly the impact sports had had on her life. No one in her family had gone to college, let alone graduated, and yet because of sport she was able to do so while becoming an athletic All-American for one of the founding collegiate women’s wrestling programs in the U.S. Ignited by this, Jacque has spent the past decade passionately amplifying girl's and women's sports initiatives by serving as the Women’s Director to a youth sports nonprofit named Beat the Streets, amplifying women’s sports initiatives by sitting on the boards of several youth sports organizations, and serving as an assistant coach for Team USA Women’s Wrestling at the Cadet and Junior Pan Am and World Championships. In 2020 Jacque founded Shape the Game, LLC, a sports impact consultancy, in an effort to assist SBYD organizations to increase their capacity, efficiency, and impact. Starting the summer of 2021, she will be pursuing her master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development at the University of Minnesota and is excited to join the Tucker Team.
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GoorevichAnna Goorevich received a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies with a Judaic Studies minor from Franklin & Marshall College in May of 2021. Anna played on F&M’s Women’s Soccer Team and was an active member of F&M’s Student-Athlete Leadership Council Executive Board. Originally from Gaithersburg, MD, Anna’s passion for gender equity in sports was first sparked by spending many summer nights throughout her childhood at the Maryland SoccerPlex watching the NWSL’s Washington Spirit play. Anna has pursued many research projects on gender and sports while at F&M, including a winter of 2020 project in which Anna examined England’s girls’ soccer development programs and presented a paper entitled “There’s Satisfaction in Seeing a Girl Properly Hit a Challenge Against a Lad: Female Soccer in England’s Regional Talent Clubs” at multiple conferences. Anna recently completed an honors thesis entitled “‘Just Different’: Anson Dorrance, Gender, and Athletic Coaching” in which she analyzed University of North Carolina Soccer Coach Anson Dorrance’s coaching methodology. This Fall, Anna will attend the University of Stirling in Scotland to earn a master’s degree in Sport Management under the Fulbright/University of Stirling Award in Health, Well-Being, and Sport. Anna is particularly interested in research regarding youth sports, sport-access inequality, sport policy/governance, and coaching. Anna is excited to contribute to the Tucker Team’s mission of creating more inclusive and empowering environments for all athletes.
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JariwalaMahi Jariwala is a rising sophomore at Monte Vista High School in Northern California. She is currently a member of the varsity basketball team and intends to pursue basketball at the collegiate level. Mahi's desire to empower female athletes emerged after watching several peers drop out of sports combined with negativity directed towards WNBA players on social media. To combat this issue and create equal opportunities for female athletes, Mahi created She Can Ball, a podcast meant to inspire female athletes to become the best versions of themselves both on and off the court. Through conversations with inspirational coaches and players from both the professional and collegiate levels, Mahi shares cutting-edge insights with teenage hoopers while also discussing relevant social issues. She is looking forward to investigating the high drop-out rates plaguing teenage female athletics at the Tucker Center. Mahi also plans on applying her findings to design and launch camps for underprivileged female hoopers.
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KaufmannCecelia Kaufmann is a rising sophomore at Macalester College studying computer science and geography with a minor in data science. She is a third-year Tucker Center Summer Intern and is excited to be a part of a team for another year of learning and growth! A lifelong athlete, she grew up playing soccer, basketball, tennis, and softball, and throughout high school competed for her school’s track and cross-country teams. She has also been a lifelong sports fan, attending University of Minnesota Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, and Minnesota Lynx games with her family. This summer she is looking forward to continuing to develop her research skills and working with Dr. LaVoi and the team to dream up and create new ways to analyze Tucker Center data, all with the common goal of creating change in the landscape for women and girls in athletics, and ultimately for all in sports and physical activity.
image of Liz KimLiz Kim received a Bachelor of Science in Psychological Science from Ball State University in May of 2021. She is captain of the Women's Golf Team and works as the Diversity and Inclusion Intern for Ball State Athletics and represents Ball State on the Mid-American Conference Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Liz grew up playing sports but found a passion for gender equity in sport after being surrounded by inspiring female role models in college. These role models sparked her passion for coaching and using sport to empower women. Liz works as a golf instructor at Golf Study Collective coaching junior girls and aspires to grow the love of the game. She will be pursuing her master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Ball State University starting in the fall of 2021 and is excited to join the Tucker Team to contribute to the mission of accelerating change for girls and women in sport.
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LilesSophia Liles is a rising senior at Scripps College where she studies psychology and anthropology. She has worked as a research assistant in the Neuropsychology of Decision Making Lab (Claremont, CA), the Elder Justice Research Lab (West Lafayette, IN), and the Teens and Technology Lab (West Lafayette, IN). Sophie grew up playing soccer, basketball, and running cross-country and track and now competes on the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps cross-country and track teams. In addition to being an athlete herself, Sophie is an avid sports fan and enjoys watching any and all athletic competitions. Sophie has been passionate about gender equity in sports since middle school, when she frequently complained to her basketball coach that the school uniforms included the word “lady” in front of the school mascot. Sophie is excited to further her research skills at the Tucker Center due to the Center’s groundbreaking dedication to investigating the impact of sports on women, a topic that has fascinated her since childhood.
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SimonsMaxine Simons is a rising junior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities from Brooklyn, New York. She is currently majoring in sport management with a double minor in political science and business law. She is a member and treasurer of the University of Minnesota Women’s Club Lacrosse team as well as a member of the Sports Management Association. A lifelong multisport athlete and avid sports fan, Maxine has developed a keen interest for women in sports and gender equity. When Maxine is not doing schoolwork or being physically active, she enjoys listening to music, going to coffee shops, cooking, and watching movies. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, she plans on attending law school and pursuing sports law and gender advocacy. She is very excited to take part in impactful Tucker Center research that empowers women and girls and works to create meaningful change.
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BoucherCourtney Boucher is the Tucker Center's three-time Pam Borton Endowment for the Promotion of Girls and Women in Sport Leadership award winner. She is a current second year PhD student at the University of Minnesota, studying Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Sociology and a minor in Sociocultural Studies in Education. She is a research assistant in the Tucker Center. Courtney received her master's from the University of Minnesota in the spring of 2019, studying hiring practices of NCAA Division-I athletic directors, an extension of the Women in College Coaching Report Card. Before her graduate studies, Courtney was the Assistant Hockey Coach at her alma mater, Gustavus Adolphus College. Courtney graduated from Gustavus with B.A. in Chemistry and a minor in Political Science. At Gustavus, Courtney was an All-American defender for the women’s hockey team. The Hastings, Minnesota native currently is the video coordinator for the Gopher Women’s Hockey Team.
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Silva-BreenHannah Silva-Breen is a Project Director at the Tucker Center. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport and exercise psychology. Hannah is also a research assistant in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport where she combines her passion for gender equity, sport, and research. In 2018, Hannah graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both psychology and exercise physiology. After graduating, she began working at the Emily Program in St. Paul, Minnesota where she developed an interest in issues surrounding body image and eating disorders among girls and women, specifically athletes. Her current research interest is how coaches influence athlete body image and relationships with food. Hannah hopes to use her experience in the eating disorder field to guide her towards research, education, and intervention aimed at improving body image and decreasing eating disorder prevalence among athletes. For the past nine years, Hannah has also been a girls basketball coach for the Minnesota Suns AAU program where she puts her education and experience to work by improving her athletes’ experience in sport and teaching life skills. Most recently, she accepted the position of Health and Wellness Coach for the Minnesota Suns where she teaches psychological skills to athletes and coaches while also being a referral resource for anyone seeking mental health help. Hannah aspires to collaborate with the leaders in sport, sport psychology, and gender equity across the globe to make a lasting impact on the lives of all girls and women in sport.