ABOUT FAST AND FEMALE
Fast and Female is a registered charity led by two friends, athletic rivals, and moms who happen to be Olympic Gold Medalists: Canadian Chandra Crawford and American Kikkan Randall.
Fast and Female’s mission is to keep girls healthy and active in sports. We do this by introducing self-identified girls ages 8-14 to inspiring athlete role models at non-competitive, fun-filled events all over North America.
Founded in 2005, Fast and Female has reached 15,000 girls to date through 239 events thanks to the volunteer work of 700 athlete ambassadors.
A positive, empowering culture for all girls in sports.
Keep girls healthy and active in sports.
Listen and learn.
Be as welcoming, kind and accepting as possible.
There is a unique and much-needed leader in each and every one of us.
Teamwork makes the dream work.
Enjoy the journey and celebrate successes along the way.
• SOCIAL CHANGE
We are part of a bigger picture.
Let’s work together to make the change happen.
• BE YOU. BE REAL.
Vulnerability is strength.
Do your best.
You are enough.
Today, Fast and Female is led by two great friends and competitors, who also happen to be Olympic Champions and moms: Canadian Chandra Crawford and American Kikkan Randall.
But back in 2005, there was one key moment that sparked this empowerment blaze… When a 10-year old named Emily told Chandra, “it looks like it kinda sucks being a girl… Girls don’t do cool stuff like skateboard and they have to worry about their appearance all the time.” Chandra decided: “we should do something about that”.
Fast and Female’s vision came into focus in that instant: create a positive, empowering culture for all girls in sports.
But how? By introducing girls to strong female role models – because you can’t be what you can’t see.
Chandra and her teammates on the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Team put together an event for girls in 2005, and the response was so positive that Fast and Female was officially born. In 2008 Kikkan and Chandra started working together to put on events in both their countries even while training and competing. Fast and Female is a registered charity in Canada and 501-C3 organization in the US.
Emily went on to study sport and exercise science, be a leader in the female surf community, and organize Fast and Female events herself. She is one of thousands of girls who live the Fast and Female “Cycle of Leadership.”
CALLS TO ACTION
For girls already in sports, here are the top 3 things we must improve so they don’t quit sports and miss out on the benefits:
1) Create Social Belonging
The first and most fundamental reason girls participate in sports is for a sense of belonging. Each of us can
make a difference in creating a positive and inclusive team culture – girls need social acceptance to stay engaged in sports.
Keep our girls healthy – mind, body, and spirit.
3) Role Models
You can’t be what you can’t see! Identify, elevate, and celebrate female role models and their stories.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
- SIGN UP for our newsletter at fastandfemale.com
- DONATE via our website
- APPLY to host an event: a Power Hour, Champ Chat, or Summit
- LEARN everything you can about the barriers facing women and girls in sports
- FOLLOW Fast and Female on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube
- POST #fastandfemale
- WATCH Go to women’s sporting events and stream them online
All the best to you and your community,
The Fast and Female Team