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Wrestle Like A Girl 'Unite and Ignite' Sports Summit

  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs, CO United States (map)

Join us for the 3rd Annual Wrestle Like A Girl 'Glitter Into Gold' Gala at the majestic Broadmoor Hotel located in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains! This exclusive 5-Star, catered event with powerful speakers will highlight all of the impactful work being done in the female wrestling and female sport space! Join us in Olympic City, USA (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and celebrate the power and promise of today's female wrestlers and tomorrow's leaders.


5pm - 6pm Cocktails

6-9 PM Evenings' Program

9 - Conclusion of Event


Black Tie/Formal Attire Suggested


The Black Tie event will feature a 3-course menu and a celebration toast. Nonalcoholic options will be available.

Join Wrestle Like A Girl to celebrate all of the success we have achieved this past year with supporters like YOU! 

Join us and our powerful speakers as they share how why women's wrestling is important, but what they are doing to further embody and embrace the notion of what it means to 'Wrestle Like A Girl'! 


The evenings' Emcee:

Laura Evans: 

An Emmy award-winning journalist with 26 years of TV news experience, Laura Evans is a media consultant and public relations specialist who knows how to get local and national media exposure. As a newsroom veteran, she knows who to reach and when to strike. Laura Evans Media


Mr. John Bardis

John Bardis is the Former Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Mr. Bardis has served on several boards. He is the now retired founder and chairman of Hire Heroes USA, the nation's largest veteran job placement organization. In 2015 he was appointed to the Strategic Planning Committee of the board of Scripps Health in San Diego, CA, and to the Board of Advisors of Jackson Healthcare in Alpharetta, GA. In 2011 Mr. Bardis was appointed to the board of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). In 2012 USADA investigated and later suspended Lance Armstrong for his use of banned substances dating back to 1996.

In 2008 Bardis served as Team Leader of the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team, and was Team Leader in 2007 of the U.S. Greco-Roman Wrestling Team for the 2007 World Championships where Team USA won the world team for the first time in wrestling history. In 2012 Bardis served as a member of the distinguished Committee to Protect Olympic Wrestling (CPOW). In 2013 he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as an Outstanding American. He served for 12 years on the Board of USA Wrestling (1995 to 2011).

Mr. Bardis is married and has three children. He and his wife Judy are actively involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, including Mully Children's Family International (MCF), founded to manage residential homes for the feeding,care, education and reintegration of orphaned children in Kenya. In 2015 the Bardis's completed executive production of the documentary film entitled "Mully" to chronicle the remarkable life works of Charles and Esther Mully. "Mully" is currently in distribution and has received awards in 2015 from the Austin Film Festival and Virginia Film Festival. 




Sara McMann

2004 Olympic Silver Medalist in Women's Wrestling and UFC fighter



Earlier Event: September 1
Wrestle Like A Girl COLORADO camp