Introducing Our Summer Interns: Ella Sage!

Meet Ella

School: Boston University Class of 2027

Major: Advertising


Penn Charter Field Hockey

Penn Charter’s Wednesday Weekly Co-producer & Editor

Penn Charter Admissions Clerk & Video Editor

I decided to work at LLB because:

I learned about Live Like Blaine through Penn Charter faculty who taught Blaine and thought it would be a great fit for my senior project. After doing more research into the Foundation, I reached out to Jill to see if I could work here for my project. After speaking to her on Zoom and hearing more about LLB’s work, mission, and effect on girls, I was inspired by the hard work, passion, and dedication that goes into each program at LLB. I was so excited to be able to continue working at LLB during the summer and see and be a part of more of the amazing work they do!

What does being a leader mean to you?

Being a leader is about being a positive presence for your teammates and the people around you, whether that’s screaming for them on the field or being a helping hand when someone needs it. Being a leader is also listening to those around you and learning from your peers!

Ella’s favorite experience at LLB was:

My favorite part about working at LLB was definitely the Leaders are Made program at the Harlem Lacrosse Summer Camp. I already knew a few of the girls from JFSLA camp but was able to connect with so many girls throughout the four weeks. It was so amazing seeing them grow as leaders! I also loved participating in some of the activities!

Introducing our Summer Interns: Robyn Thompson!

Meet Robyn

School: Princeton University Class of ’24 -> Field Hockey Team

Major: Political Science

I decided to work at LLB because:

Having competed in various sports my whole life, I am grateful for the impact that they have had on my own growth and confidence, and I am conscious of the similar effect that they often have on other young girls. I sincerely believe that we, as girls, do not need to be given a voice; we have a voice, and we just need to be empowered to use it. The work of the Live Like Blaine Foundation has and continues to support many girls from a variety of backgrounds in their journey to becoming confident young leaders, and I am extremely excited and grateful to be able to contribute to the foundation and it’s mission.

What does being a leader mean to you?

To me, being a leader means more than just holding a position of authority; it involves inspiring and guiding others toward a common goal. True leaders exhibit empathy, communication skills, and a vision that motivates their team. They lead by example, fostering a level of trust and respect amongst their peers. A leader is accountable, taking responsibility for the actions of themselves and others. Most importantly, a leader empowers others and encourages growth and, as a result, leaves a positive impact on the people and the organization they lead.

Robyn’s Favorite Experience at LLB was:

My favourite part of working for LLB so far has been connecting with so many young girls throughout their application process for the Leadership Academy. It has been so rewarding for me to learn about the unique and individual experiences of the applicants, all from various backgrounds and all with different attributes that they bring to the table.

“Leaders Are Made” Recap

For the past four weeks, we have been instilling leadership principles through our “Leaders are Made” program at the Harlem Lacrosse Summer Academy. Each day focused on a different LLB value consisting of interactive activities like mindfulness, relay races, and even creating your own brand! Our coaches started each day with a different mindfulness breathing activity and journaling prompt. Some prompts the girls had to answer were:
– What is something you experienced today that made you happy?
– What are some characteristics of a good teammate?
– Where is a place you feel the most calm?

From active listening exercises to an exciting game of “taboo” the girls expanded their communication skills in interactive games, exercises, and discussions. They strengthened their team-building skills for on and off-the-field teamwork. The human alphabet and relay races were the girls’ favorites. Two days of our programming were dedicated to learning about energy fuel tanks. First, they learned to understand when their energy tanks felt full/empty and how to handle those situations. They also illustrated their own fuel tanks which represented that day’s energy levels.

Curious to see more from Leaders Are Made? Check out this short video about the program!

Introducing our Summer Interns: Jordyn Paszamant!

Meet Jordyn

School: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Class of ’26

Major: Data Science


Food writer for The Dish publication

Member of Women in Business Technology Club

Intramural soccer player

I decided to work at LLB because:

During my sophomore year of high school, I had the opportunity to attend a Live Like Blaine Captain’s Practice. The experience was amazing and very impactful, which made me eager to get involved in the Foundation. Moreover, the ability to combine my interest in sports while also making an impact on the lives of young female athletes was an opportunity I could not pass on.

What does being a leader mean to you?

If I had to describe what leadership means to me, it would be the ability to advocate for others and lead by example with a positive attitude.

Jordyn’s favorite experience at LLB was:

The JFSLA send-off dinner. I had the ability to connect with many young girls, which was very rewarding for me.

Introducing our Summer Interns: Margaux Rawson!

Meet Margaux

School: Cornell University, Class of ’25

Major: Communication with a minor in business.


Vice President of Brotherhood for a professional entrepreneurship fraternity, Epsilaun Nau Tau

Big Red Buddies, a volunteer organization at local elementary schools to foster a fun learning environment and teach sports to elementary school kids monthly

Cornell mentoring program connecting students with alumni and creating a community for post-grad students

I decided to work at LLB because:

Being a student-athlete at Cornell and competing in soccer and track since I was five years old, I understand that sports instilled confidence in me that I would not have received without playing them. I wanted to help do the same thing for young girls who were in the same position as me and have an even better experience, and I knew Live Live Blaine could help me achieve that. Furthermore, Blaine passed nine years ago due to a rare heart anomaly. Last summer one of my best friends from high school passed from the same thing unexpectedly. When I heard about Blaine’s story I knew it was something that I wanted to be a part of and help keep her spirit alive in spite of this horrifying outcome.

What does being a leader mean to you?

Being a leader is not about what you do one time in front of everyone, but it is about the slow, long, and hard work that you put in time and time again. It is exhibiting discipline, consistency, and hard work to yourself before everyone else. It’s about the extra training you do on your off days. It’s about recovery and ice baths, and seeing the trainers even when you’re healthy. It’s about checking in on all your teammates even when you butt heads and never letting them give up on themselves.

Margaux’s favorite experience at LLB was:

Our Welcome Dinner for the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy. After a couple of long weeks of getting all the girls organized and ready to attend, it was so rewarding to put faces to names. We got to play some games with them and chat about their expectations for the camp. It was reassuring to know that the girls would not be alone at camp now; they would know not 1, but 15 familiar faces as they attended this intensive training camp!

Senior Project Spotlight

Hi! My name is Ella Sage, I recently graduated from Penn Charter where I was a member of the varsity field hockey team and a producer of our weekly news show. To culminate one’s time at Penn Charter, each senior must complete a comprehensive project where they intern at a place of their choosing. When picking my project, I was aware that I wanted social media marketing as an aspect of my internship, but I also wanted to do something that made a difference. Blaine had attended Penn Charter and therefore we shared a lot of the same faculty members. When a teacher of mine mentioned Live Like Blaine, I immediately looked into the organization and quickly realized it was the perfect match. Not only would I be exposed to various social media marketing and video editing projects, but I would gain significant insight into working for a nonprofit organization.

At Live Like Blaine, I was tasked with working on social media promotions and engagement, and video creation and planning. While I enjoyed the social media work, I am most proud of the Coaches’ panel I held at Penn Charter in late May. I wanted to draw attention to gender equity in athletics in association with LLB’s work in leadership. I held a panel with four PC Girls Athletics Coaches to discuss leadership and gender equity in girls’ athletics. Through this panel, I was able to start an important conversation about gender equity in PC athletics, which I had always wanted to do!

The most important thing that I did not expect to learn during my time at Live Like Blaine happened to be about leadership. After hearing about girls’ experiences who had been a part of Live Like Blaine’s Leadership Academy, how they defined leadership caused me to realize that leaders can come in many different forms. Leaders are not always the loudest people or the best athletes, but the people who embody traits such as positivity and determination.

Welcoming our JFSLA Campers to the LLB Family

We held our opening dinner for the 15 LLB scholarship recipients who will be attending the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy camp! The 15 girls are determined and positive basketball and lacrosse athletes from the Philadelphia area. At the dinner, they shared their excitement about camp and being able to learn new skills in their sports as well as leadership and community-building skills! We welcomed the girls with icebreakers and shared many laughs and smiles as we all got to know each other better.

Learn more about our summer scholarships!

Check out some pictures from the night!

Weeklong stay at new shore house

Enjoy a week at Jill and Sid’s beach house (brand new construction) in Ventnor, NJ.! Desirable southside location, just 1.5 blocks from the beach & boardwalk, heated in-ground pool and ocean views from top deck.  5 bedrooms (1 king bed, 2 queen beds, 1 queen sleeper sofa and 1 queen Frontgate blow up mattress on legs).  3.5 nicely appointed bathrooms. 

Landscaped back patio with outdoor space including sectional sofa, chaise lounge chairs, TV, grill and enclosed outside shower – perfect for entertaining & family fun!  Three decks, one with full dining table and others with rocking chairs. Beautiful new kitchen with island, two sitting areas with TVs and dining room. Attached garage plus 2 additional parking spots!  (Photos show original staged furniture which has been replaced). Use on a mutually agreeable week in 2021.  Excludes summer holiday weekends and August 13-20. No pets allowed.  

Meet Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Born and raised in upstate New York, Kirsten Gillibrand inherited a dedication to public service from her grandmother and mother, who organized women and served their communities as activists. Gillibrand received her law degree from the UCLA School of Law and served as a law clerk on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Drawing inspiration from the women in her life, Gillibrand worked as an attorney in New York City for more than a decade and then decided to pursue a path of public service leadership.

After serving in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., she decided to move home to upstate New York to raise her family. She pulled off a stunning upset in her first Congressional race, unseating an entrenched incumbent by building the biggest grassroots campaign in the district’s history. She served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for two years before being sworn in as United States Senator from New York in January 2009. Gillibrand won her 2012 re-election campaign with a New York statewide record 72 percent of the vote. She has earned national recognition for creating bipartisan coalitions, especially on issues such as how sexual assaults are handled by our military and on our college campuses. She has also fought for congressional ethics reform and paid family leave.

Gillibrand has made it her life’s mission to support and empower more women to step up and run for office. Ten years ago, Gillibrand launched Off The Sidelines, a call to action to encourage women and girls to make their voices heard on the issues they care about. Off the Sidelines has since recruited, mentored, and supported dozens of women candidates for higher office and helped elect some of the brightest rising stars in office today.

Senator Gillibrand is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College. Sports have been a big part of Senator Gillibrand’s life dating back to high school when she played tennis and soccer. She entered Dartmouth as a tennis player but was then recruited away to play squash by the squash coach. Gillibrand ended up leading the Dartmouth squash team as its captain. She has spoken about how her tough matches prepared her for the competitiveness of politics later in life. She said her sports experience “helped take the fear out of something like running for office and putting yourself out there in a competitive contest and letting the people choose.” Senator Gillibrand was also a member of Dartmouth’s Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority that Blaine later joined as well.

Meet Laurel Richie

Laurel Richie has made a name for herself as a proven leader in multiple fields throughout her career, including marketing, education, sports and the nonprofit world. She has weaved women’s advocacy into all aspects of her career.

Ms. Richie currently serves as an independent director at Synchrony Financial and Bright Horizons and as a leadership consultant to Fortune 100 c-suite executives at Merryck & Co. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College where she has served for eight years on the board of trustees eight years ago and currently serves as its chair.

Richie became the first person of color to lead a major national sports league when she served as President of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 2011 to 2015, leading led the league’s business, operations, and marketing initiatives. While she did not play sports growing up, she understands the value of teams through her group experiences in theater. She has also spoken about the fact that research suggests that participation in sports has a very positive impact on girls, leading to higher self-esteem, higher likelihood of graduating from college, and a large percentage of female executives played team sports growing up.

Prior to leading the WNBA, she served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, where she led the development of a new brand strategy that helped revitalize this iconic brand, and as a senior partner and executive group director at advertising agency Ogilvy and Mather, where she worked with many blue-chip corporate and pro-bono nonprofit clients and became a founding member of the agency’s external Diversity Advisory Board.
A frequent keynote speaker and panelist on Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, Richie is a recipient of the Black Girls Rock! Shot Caller Award, Sports Business Journal’s Game Changer Award, and the YMCA Black Achievers in Industry Award. She was awarded Ebony magazine’s Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications award and named to its Power 100 List. Black Enterprise magazine named her one of the Most Influential African Americans in Sports, and Savoy magazine recognized her as one of the Most Influential Black Corporate Directors.