In an effort to inspire its female athletes, Saint Leo University in Florida invited Annika Sorenstam, one of the most successful golfers in the world, to speak to its students. According to Tampa Bay Online, Sorenstam spoke to a crowd of about 350, after receiving the school's Girls and Women in Sports Achievement Award.
She first addressed her lifelong challenges with shyness, which she was forced to overcome by making winner's speeches after tournaments.
"I still don't enjoy speaking at events or in front of crowds," she said, quoted by the news source.
Despite her shyness, Sorenstam is the premier female golfer in the world. Her accomplishments have inspired other female athletes as well.
Lesley Graham, coach of the school's first-ever women's lacrosse team, said that without the path Sorenstam left for women, "it would not be possible for me to build my own program," quoted by the media outlet.
Those who wish to launch careers in this field may have excellent job prospects, as employment of athletes, coaches, umpires and related workers is expected to increase by 23 percent over the next several years, which is much faster than the average rate for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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