Frankford High School partnered with Operation Warm: FlyFwd for an event focused on empowering female youth. The Community School at 5000 Oxford Ave hosted women athletes from the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Eagles cheerleaders, and the Philadelphia Eagles mascot, Swoop, as part of International Women’s Day (IWD).

The event occurred in the Frankford High School gym, and female-identifying students had the opportunity to hear from a panel of professional WWE women athletes. At the end of the panel session, Fly:Fwd gave away free lunch and sports bras to the first 200 attendees.

Jacqueline Liss, Frankford Community School Coordinator, who helped make the event happen, said, “After learning about FlyFwd and the amazing work they do nationwide, I wanted to bring the same inspiration and opportunity to young girls at Frankford High who might be interested in sports but lack the confidence to play. Turnout was great, and students felt supported.”

Organizing events where students can hear from true professional athletes who overcame barriers and defied statistics is empowering and can be life-changing. Thanks to Fly:Fwd and everyone who came out to make this event a success.