2020 SheLeads Connecticut Event

Honoring Female Track Athletes
Courage Award Recipients:
Chelsea Mitchell * Alanna Smith * Selina Soule 

New Date and Time TBA As Soon As Possible
Hartford, CT


As seen on the Ingraham Angle: https://video.foxnews.com/v/6133321670001#sp=show-clips

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to our nation’s Constitution.  We believe that this milestone serves as an opportunity to celebrate how far women have come due largely to the brave and selfless efforts of women like the Suffragettes.  

We also believe that today — in the year 2020 — three teenage girls Alanna Smith, Chelsea Mitchell, and Selena Soule represent our new generation of heroes.

Most recently, these girls took the bold step of filing a federal lawsuit because in Connecticut biological boys — who identify as girls — are allowed to compete directly against the girls in high school athletics.  

Please join us as we honor these three brave and courageous Connecticut high school athletes who are at the forefront of the national issue to save women’s sports.   

The recipients of the SheLeads Connecticut Courage Awards are:

Selina Soule, Glastonbury High School

• Selina missed qualifying for the state championship 55m final and an

opportunity to qualify for the New England championship by one spot in 2018-19 season—two spots were taken by males.

• Selina said:  “It’s very frustrating and heartbreaking when us girls are at the start of the race and we already know that these [male] athletes are going to come out and win no matter how hard you try. They took away the spots of deserving girls, athletes ... me being included.”

Chelsea Mitchell, Canton High School

• Chelsea lost four (4) girls’ state championships, two (2) all-New England awards, and countless other awards to male competitors.

• Chelsea said:  “I knew that I was the fastest girl here, one of the fastest in the state. I remembered all my training and everything I had been taught on how to maximize my performance ... I thought of all the times that other girls have lost. I could feel the adrenaline in my blood and hope that wafted from me. That just possibly, I could win this. Then, the gun went off. And I lost.”

Alanna Smith, Danbury High School

 • Alanna’s father, Lee Smith, was inducted into MLB Hall of Fame in 2019.

• Alanna won the 400m at the 2019 outdoor New England Regional Championships as a freshman.

• Alanna won a 2nd place finish in the 200m at the New England Regional

Championships, but was dropped to 3rd behind a male competitor.

• Alanna said: “Even before I get to the track, I already know that I’m not going to get first place, or maybe even second place . . . I know that no matter how hard I work, I won’t be able to have the top spot.”

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