Reflecting on Roo Up!

By Olivia Brzozowski

On Thursday, November 7th, the UMKC Women’s Center partnered with Kansas City Athletics to host the event Roo Up With the Women’s Center, featuring the Kansas City Volleyball team. The volleyball match against Utah Valley took place at 7pm in The Swinney Center. Lots of fans came out to show support of their Roos, which ultimately led to a Roo win! The UMKC Women’s Center’s mission focuses on promoting gender equity around campus and the community. Because sports play such a major role in society, it is important that female athletes are supported just as much as male athletes. The UMKC Women’s Center has had the perfect opportunity to partner with Kansas City Athletics in support of female student-athletes on campus. Last month, the Women’s Center hosted its first Roo Up event at a Women’s Soccer game.

At the volleyball game specifically, free t shirts were handed out to all fans as well as buttons with phrases such as “Win Like A Girl”, and “WOMXN UP”, which is also what the t shirts said. Overall, it was a fun event and people loved the free t-shirts and buttons. It created an atmosphere where the Women’s Center could be promoted and we could educate people on our mission. The next Roo Up event will take place at a UMKC Women’s Basketball game, with the date TBD. So, keep your eye out for this one!! We are excited to continue this relationship with Kansas City Athletics, and get people excited to watch UMKC’s own very talented female student-athletes!