• “I gained confidence in my dreams to make them a reality from the SYWACIA Leadership Academy. I hope to impact the sports industry by changing the narrative that black athletes won’t make it to the pros if they attend HBCUs.”-- Sydney S., SYWACIA(™) Sports Academy Protégé, 2021

  • A Message from Founders Drs. Marc and Kiki Barnes

     

    At So You Want a Career in Athletics ™, we provide year-round programs that introduce girls and young professional women to amazing careers and women leaders in sports. Our annual programs include interactive webinars and in-person events such as the SYWACIA(™) Sports Leadership Academy and our annual National Girls & Women's in Sports Day event with the New Orleans Pelicans to name a few.

     

    These amazing developmental opportunities focus on mentorship, career mapping, and have introduced participants to successful women leaders in the NBA, NBL, sports business, sports medicine, collegiate sports administration, and more! Your financial support is important to the growth of SYWACIA(™), which is why we’re asking for your financial support on Giving Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

     

    SYWACIA(™) is an initiative of the Marc & Kiki Barnes Foundation. Since 2018, we have reached more than 400 girls and young women interested in sports in: Louisiana, Alabama, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Alaska, New Mexico, Maryland, Florida, Virginia, New York, Arkansas, North Carolina, California, District of Columbia, Oklahoma, and Minnesota.

     

    The participants in our program are our “reasons for existence” and the reasons why we are asking you to give to SYWACIA(™) on Giving Tuesday, November 30. Your contribution will help advance our mission to develop the next generation of women leaders in sport.

     

    3 Reasons to Give:

    ● Help ensure that girls and young ladies have an equal opportunity for success

    ● Support the opportunity to create more diversity in sports careers and leadership

    ● Receive a tax deduction.

     

    There’s power in your donation! We invite you to make a donation today or on Giving Tuesday. Visit here to donate. Thank you!

     

    Thank You,

    Drs. Marc & Kiki Barnes