TSN’s Kayla Grey Highlights Performance of ‘The Wolves’ and the Importance of Women in Sport

— October 24, 2018

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their stretch circle, nine girls navigate and question the world around them with the determination of warriors.

The Wolves, a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama about a women’s soccer team, is the story of why sports can be life-changing for young women. It paints a portrait of navigating the game from the lens of a teenage girl, their lives, and a growing understanding of a complicated world. Following the Friday, Oct. 19 performance, a special panel presentation in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) was moderated by TSN’s Kayla Grey. The goal of the panel was to bring together extraordinary women to discuss their work as leaders in Canadian sports as athletes, as advocates, and as executives. The panel featured many distinguished names in sport including Olympic bronze medallist Deidra Dionne; CAAWS CEO Allison Sandmeyer-Graves; Founder of The Women of Winter Deirdre Norman; CBC Sports Executive, Liana Bristol, and CBC Host and Commentator Signa Butler. “The Wolves is a refreshing way to have storytelling presented through the lens of a young woman finding her way through life and sport,” said Gray. “It provides a sense of confidence and community. It was exactly what we needed to ensure our girls aren’t neglected when continuing to pursue their athletic dreams.” “To hear from all these women who have made it their goal to shift conversation into action when it comes to enhancing women’s representation in sports, you can’t help but feel inspired and motivated,” furthered Grey. “Women shouldn’t have to settle for getting the bare minimum in resources, coverage or pay in sports. The product is good. Period.” “As a society, we need to make it our mission to knock down those barriers.” Called an “important, thrilling play” by The Globe and Mail’s John Doyle, The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe is staged by The Howland Company and runs at the Crow’s Theatre in Toronto until October 27. Tickets are available through the company’s website. Use promo code TSNWOLVES to save $5! A juggernaut from the start, The Wolves first premiered off Broadway in September 2016 and went on to become a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, winning various accolades including an Obie Ensemble Award and Special Drama Desk Award.