Soccer & Leadership

Community Party and Fundraiser at Airbnb HQ!

CYBER MONDAY DEAL ALL TICKETS ONLY $29! Limited supply!

We are excited to announce that our annual community party and fundraiser will be held at the beautifully designed AirBnB HQ in downtown San Francisco on December 5th! Expect the same fun, celebratory atmosphere along with a silent auction. New for this year is a Girls Leading Girls panel discussion about why it is important for girls to play sports, why we need to advocate for equal play for girls, and how we can continue to use sports/soccer specifically as a platform for positive social change.

Panelists include Leslie Osborne- former USWNT & World Cup player, co-founder of Sweat Cosmetics, and Studio Analyst for Fox Sports. As well as Ann Kletz, co-founder & CEO of Goal Five apparel and former Division I Harvard University women's soccer player. All ages welcome, and feel free to bring guests!

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Tickets include:

  • Access to panel of local women change makers- Leslie Osborne & Ann Kletz, moderated by our junior board representatives

  • All-you-can-eat style dinner prepared by onsite chefs

  • Optional wristband for unlimited beer and wine for adults ages 21+ 

  • Activities for kids ages 7+

  • Amazing silent auction items up for bid including a weekend getaway in Tahoe, two rounds of Golf at the Olympic Club, Outdoor Voices gift card, and more!

Interested in being a panelist, sponsoring a table or helping to underwrite the cost of this event? Email sfsol@girlsleadinggirls.org for more info!

Girls Leading Girls Host Committee:

Kindley Walsh Lawlor, Former Vice President, Gap Foundation Gap Inc

Justin Merickel, VP of Media Optimization at Adobe

Deanne Travis, Co-Founder and CEO at Kristova Family Partners

Laura Patnode, Head of Risk Enterprise at Wells Fargo

Michelle Hong, Owner of Cafe Madeleine SF

Aichi N. Daniel, Esq. Counsel at Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Shannon Burns, Regional Director at Coaching Corps

Morgan Woodhouse, Recruiting Operations at AirBnB

Merri McCann, Strategist at Google

Margie Lao, Parent Board Member

Chance Daniel, M.A. in Organization and Leadership, Coach at SF Elite & CCSF

Amy Hardison, VP at London Fall Protection

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Meet Coach Karli!

Meet Coach Karli Jonasen

Karli is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She joined Girls Leading Girls in 2017 as a head coach and SF Sol program manager. Karli recently joined our 03/04 SF Sol Travel team to Gothenburg, Sweden for the Gothia Cup over the summer. Karli attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA where she majored in International Studies and Politics. In 2010-2011, Karli played soccer for Loras College, where they were conference Champions and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament.  She ended her soccer career after the season due to multiple ACL/meniscus surgeries. However, she then played lacrosse for Loras in 2013 and 2014. She was captain and was awarded Most Inspirational Player after the 2013 season.

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What do you love most about coaching?

The best part of coaching is connecting with the girls. Helping them on the field is awesome and watching them improve and succeed on the field is great. But the even more rewarding part is helping them become better versions of themselves. Helping them see that they are stronger than they think, that they can push themselves farther than they think they can go, and learning that they are leaders in their own way is the most rewarding.

I have had my fair share of bad coaches, and I know that I do not want other girls to have to have coaches who will make them hate the game. I still love the game because of the couple great coaches I did have. I learned what kind of coach I wanted to be which is a positive and encouraging coach. And at the same time I am serious about helping them become better players.

What does coaching mean to you?

Coaching is so much more than just the game. It is about their future. Teaching these girls healthy habits, how to play the game safely, how to do technical skills properly, teaching them good sportsmanship, teaching them how to be a good teammate is so important to me. Helping them grow is the best part about coaching.

What motivated you to play collegiate soccer?

I wanted to be the best athlete I possibly could be. I pushed myself harder than anyone else. I was my toughest critic. Since I was 13 years old, I have had 6 different knee tears and 4 surgeries. I learned how hard it was to be on the sidelines. Whenever I was healthy I never took anytime I had on the field for granted because I knew what it was like to not be able to play the game that I loved. I lost a total of about four years due to the injuries, surgeries, and recovery times. So when I made it to college, I did not take anything for granted. I not only had regular two hour practices a day, but I also did weightlifting, conditioning sessions with my athletic trainer, and then pre- and post- sessions with the athletic training in order to keep myself and my injuries healthy.  I did not want to let myself down and I definitely did not want to let my teammates down.

What helped you stay disciplined as a student athlete?

Part of being a student athlete is the academics. Academics should be just as important as the sport you are playing. So as much time I spent working on my game, I also spent the same amount, if not more on my studies. I worked extremely hard in college. I made the Dean’s list every year. I also participated in missions trips and social justice trips domestically and internationally. I was just as hard on myself when it came to academics.

What is your biggest fear?

One of my biggest fears is not fulfilling my potential. I never wanted to squander my academics or athletics because I did not waste any of my potential. I continue to push myself every day so I can reach my full potential!

What do you hope to change about the world?

I hope to change people’s attitudes with one smile at a time. I am a positive person who wants to believe the best in people and in the world. I know I cannot clean all the oceans of the world alone. I know I cannot solve world hunger alone. I know I cannot stop all the wars and fighting alone. But maybe by sharing my positivity with the people around me, I can change people’s thinking. Help us care for one another no matter what religion, ethnicity, economic background, gender, or sexuality. Because when we all feel important, then we all feel like we can make a difference. And together, we are stronger. With one smile, you can turn someone’s day around. Simple acts of kindness, is how I choose to try to change the world every single day. Those little acts can help make a great difference when enough people have been touched by kindness.

More About Karli

Karli has coached at the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy (JFSLA) in New Jersey, Illinois, Georgia, and California every summer since 2011. She has worked with girls ages 9-18. At JFSLA, the coaches focus on teaching the girls soccer skills, but also teaching them about leadership on and off the soccer field. Throughout the years, Karli has had the opportunity and privilege to learn under former national players, current professional players, college coaches, and club coaches.

In 2016, Karli was chosen along with nine other JFSLA alumni to represent the United States and the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy in India. This opportunity was funded by the State Department. They were teamed up with Magic Bus, an organization that works with boys and girls in the slums across India. Abroad the JFSLA alumni had the chance to learn more about Magic Bus, visit the slums, and work with boys and girls on and off the soccer field.

“Our coach, Karli, was outstanding. The proof is in the incredible turnaround of our team, which prior to this season had not won a single game!” - SF Sol parent

See WHY Girls Leading Girls and SF Sol FC started with our NEW VIDEO Story!

Check out our new video story of why Girls Leading Girls and SF Sol FC was started over three years ago and consider making a donation today to support our mission! #givingtuesday #miahamm #girlsleadinggirls

Join us in EARLY GIVING TUESDAY to reach more girls!

MVP- Provide our program for free to 50 girls in poverty in SF: $1,000.00
Goal Scorer- 3 months of soccer for 3 girls in the Tenderloin: $600.00
Game Changer- provide equipment for a school team in the Mission: $100.00 

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Join us on June 17th, 2017 for a Girls Soccer & Leadership Jamboree!

June 17, 2017 Soccer Jamboree!

Parents, daughters, sons, adults, friends, siblings, join us on June 17, 2017 for a fun Soccer Jamboree!

This Jamboree is hosted by Girls Leading Girls and Siena Clark, our Lead High School Junior Coach as a fundraiser to bring community members together for a fun day of soccer games, activities, and prizes!

Where: Beach Chalet Soccer Field #1 in Golden Gate Park, SF

Time: 10:30am-2:00pm

Cost: Suggested donation per participant of $15-$30

Who can participate? Parents, siblings, girls.

Fun game stations with prizes, a mini-tournament for your gender/age group with at least two short games that day, and cool vendors like Jamba Juice & Muscle Milk!

Teams: 7-10 players per team, based on registration we will mix teams together or play small sided games. Register as an individual, you can include your team name if you have a team already. If you don't have a team we will add you to one in your age and gender group!

Please indicate each participants age, name, and preference for team placement. 

If you’re interested in volunteering please email your host- Siena Clark at 17sclark@shcp.edu.

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Please list the names and ages of each participant. i.e. Dad-Joe Smith 55, Daughter-Maria Smith 10
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Shout Outs

Girls Leading Girls & SF Sol FC Soccer Program

By Natasha Scott, 8th grader at Zion Lutheran, on the SF Sol Warriors 03 Gold Travel team

Shout outs are something that Sol does as a team at the end of each practice and game. It is when all the players have a chance to compliment their team mates about their hard work. I think that shout outs are a great way to notice everyone's hard work and effort. Because games and practices can leave the team disappointed and frustrated at times, it can be hard to channel that in a positive way. Shout outs are a way to do that though and be encouraging to your team mates. When you notice and comment on your team mate's effort and hard work they are giving to the team, it can mean a lot. When I joined Sol 2 seasons ago I thought one of the coolest things were shout outs and the type of environment it makes. Everyone is so kind, fun, and positive toward one another. The soccer team I came from before Sol was a great team but honestly not very kind toward each other. So I thought this was so amazing and a super smart idea. For this reason I told my basketball coach at my school what shout outs were and suggested that the basketball team do it at the end of each practice and game too. She loved the idea and now we do it at basketball all the time. I truly do think that it has brought the team together more and made everyone a little more kind. With shout outs no one leaves the field (or court) mad at each other. Instead we remember how hard we all worked and that any mistakes made will help us in the future. Shout outs have changed the way I play soccer, and I think I could easily say it has changed many of my team mates.