This story originally ran for The Victory Press in May 2017. It remains one of my favorite stories to research. I hope to dive deeper into Dr. Walker Pickett’s work again soon.
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My name is Erica L. Ayala. I am a New York-based child advocate sportswriter. I’ve covered events such as the WNBA Draft, the Inaugural National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) Isobel Cup Finals, and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinements of Sheryl Swoopes & Rebecca Lobo.
I received her B.A in Political Science, with a minor in African-American Studies from Elon University in 2008. As a member of the Elon University softball team, I was selected as a 2006 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar. In 2015, I received the Top 10 Under 10 Award from the Elon Young Alumni Council.
In addition to sports, I work as the Project Manager of the GPS4Kids Collective Impact initiative at the Westchester Children’s Association. In 2017, I was honored as a New York Nonprofit Media 40 under 40 Rising Star in the New York nonprofit sector. For more about my work with WCA, visit our website HERE and check out the Ground Truthing podcast, hosted by me!
Before working with WCA, I spent over ten years working with the CDF Freedom Schools, a summer literacy program that seeks to fosters a love for reading and promote literacy throughout the United States. I was named a Champion for Change for Children by the Children’s Defense Fund during the organization’s 40th Anniversary (2013).
A love for sports and passion for advocacy brought me to sports writing. As a former athlete, I feel strongly about providing other children, especially girls, the opportunity to excel in athletics. As an advocate, I am drawn to continue the promotion of gender equity in the coverage, the funding and the compensation of girls and women in sports.
I received her Master of Public Administration degree at the New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service in May. 2016 and celebrated by going to watch the Mets (instead of walking in the All-NYU graduation ceremony at Yankee Stadium (boo!)
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