For the last few months I have been hosting (basically anchoring a show and also moderating debate) One on One Sports. You may have known that. What you probably didn’t know is that I am the first female to be a full time host in the ten years of the show.
Last spring, I remember calling my dad and telling him I was thinking about auditioning for the host position. He was so supportive, both of my parents were. I had one hesitation: No female had ever hosted in the history of the show. I know it sounds cliché. The sports world is opening its arms to both genders more and more but that didn’t make it any easier.
Also, this is a competitive position and I was the only girl out of ten eligible auditioning. Here is a little background – I started working for One on One as a first year student. The first step is being on a webcast that is solely posted on YouTube. It gives underclassmen the experience before being promoted to show. My “practice” wasn’t plentiful. I was on TWICE in an entire year.
It took a lot of proving myself, displaying sports knowledge and working an internship to demonstrate I knew what I was talking about. Over time, I was put on more and more. Eventually, I think some of the guys wanted to debate me – but they’ll have to confirm that. After earning the host position I still received flak. A lot of it.
I don’t often talk about gender – but I will tell you that from experiences the sports world is male dominated. However, that doesn’t mean that women can’t be equals in the realm of sports.
I am not writing this to brag on myself but more to encourage you that you can do anything you put your mind to – no matter what you think might be holding you back. If you want that position – apply. If you want that date – ask. If you want to change careers/majors – do it. Because doing things that scare you are what make you grow.
P.S. Lastly, I am thankful for all the women before me who inspired me to think this career path is possible.