REDBLACKS Support OSEG Foundation Girls In Sports Fundraiser

October 11 was International Day of the Girl Child, and the OSEG Foundation is doing its part to honor the occasion. The foundation is launching a Girls in Sports fundraiser, the proceeds of which will be used to advance the lives of women and girls through sport and physical activity, keeping them in the game.

It’s a cause close to the heart of the Ottawa REDBLACKS, and a few team members who are fathers of young girls are showing their support. Defensive lineman Lorenzo Mauldin IV and Nigel Romick, as well as wide receiver RJ Harris, want fans to know why they should support this initiative.

The Foundation caught up with fan favorites, who took part in a Q&A for RNation:

Tell us a bit about your relationship with your daughter.

ROMICK: Well, since she’s only 7 months old…our relationship is a dream. I can sit her anywhere she doesn’t respond and when I’m exhausted her smile gives me energy to get through the day. I hope it will still be like that when she turns 16 (laughs).

MAULDIN: We have a funny bond between her and me, it’s so unique and pleasant. It is aptly named: Serenity. I know what she wants without her even asking, and she likes to take care of me when I’m sore and tired from training. It’s great to have her as a baby girl.

HARRIS: My relationship with my daughters is one of the most important things in my life, if not the most important. I want to be the best parent and role model for them, while also being their best friend, so they feel comfortable enough to confide in me and share things with me as well. I want to set an example of what a strong, loving, caring man looks like in their lives, so when it comes to them finding a man of their own in the future, I hope I have set a standard.

What is your biggest wish for your little girl?

ROMICK: My biggest wish for my daughter is that she always believe in herself. That she’s not afraid to take risks, that she’s kind, confident, and that she knows her self-worth.

MAULDIN: My biggest wish for Serenity is that she grows up happy and becomes the greatest like everything she wants to be.

HARRIS: My greatest wish for my daughters is that they be truly happy in whatever they decide to do with their lives. I want them to know that no matter what avenue they take, I will always support them and support them 1000% every step of the way. I don’t want any barrier blocking them because of their gender or the color of their skin. If they want to be president, or an astronaut, or a scientist, they know that me and their mother will always fully support them every step of the way.

We know there is a lack of gender equity in sport, as the father of a little girl, what do you hope will be different for her?

ROMICK: Although gender equality has come a long way, we still have a long way to go. I hope these trailblazing women of our generation continue to push boundaries and bridge the gap, so my daughter can play any sport or position she wants.

MAULDIN: I hope women’s sports will become more important to entertainment companies to show little girls like Serenity that goals have to be set and that it teaches them exactly that.

HARRIS: As mentioned before, I hope I’ve given an example of what it’s like to face adversity and challenges, and meet them head-on. I want them to learn from my experiences and my mistakes, and grow from them. When they see a sport that may lack gender equality, like football, rather than turning away from it, they see it as a challenge they want to take on. Hopefully by the time they get to the age of youth sports there will be more women in sports but if not they might be the ones to rise up and be the spark needed, if that’s the path they decide to take.

Why would you encourage people to support this OSEG Foundation Girls in Sports fundraiser?

ROMICK: Sport and physical activity are such important fundamentals for our young people, especially young women. It teaches discipline, gives you motivation and creates opportunities for future projects.

MAULDIN: This fundraiser will change many lives and make them better through support and recognition. Little girls who grow into women have the chance to do what they love and develop a passion for something, and this campaign will help guide them and push them to do their best with minimal hassle.

HARRIS: The reason I would support the OSEG Foundation’s Girls in Sports campaign is simply because it gives girls and women equal opportunities. There’s no reason why women shouldn’t have the same opportunities as men in sport, if their love and passion for the game runs just as deep. We need to provide equal opportunities to these young girls from an early age, so that they are not turned away from a sport they have come to love so much.

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