Courtney is a Girls Inc. volunteer and Coordinator of Student-Athlete Affairs with the NCAA.

When I was asked to write a blog post on what I think it means to be a champion, I was taken by surprise. Sure I work for the NCAA, but I was never an athlete – I don’t have an athletic bone in my body. The mantle at the house I grew up in is not filled with trophies and ribbons that boast “I win” or “I won”, however, iChampion.

Community service has always been a huge part of my life; I came from a scouting family so it was never a matter if I wanted to or not. I find joy in working with young girls and women to help them develop into reaching their full potential. When I made the move to Indianapolis over a year ago, it was imperative for me to find an organization that offered the opportunity to continue that type of work. That’s what drew me to Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis: an organization with a mission to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold. iChampion.

Each of us as volunteers of Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis has committed our time, talents, and resources to support the mission. So if you’ve given money to fund a girl to attend summer camp, spent your lunch hour volunteering for the Lunch Bunch program, or committed six weeks to serve as a facilitator for any of the programs, uChampion. To me, champion means support. It’s not a noun, it’s a verb. It’s not something you are, it’s something you do. iChampion.

I challenge each of you to continue to champion and applaud you for the work you’ve done thus far. WE CHAMPION!