No one knows better than ESPN’s College GameDay host Erin Andrews that women can be just as big sports fans as their male counterparts. “Growing up in the south, I know that women are huge sports fans, who sometimes know more about them than their significant others,” Andrews told DivineCaroline.
That’s why she teamed up with StubHub to celebrate female sports fans through the “Girls’ Night Out” campaign. The initiative encourages women to show their love of sports by going to the games with their girlfriends, and entering for a chance to win a VIP fan experience. When you purchase tickets through StubHub’s program, a portion of the proceeds go to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors charity, a cause chosen by Erin for its commitment to help children who have lost a parent in the military.
Not only is the philanthropic aspect of the campaign important to the former Dancing with the Stars contestant, but helping women forge their way in the world of sports is equally dear to the sideline reporter’s heart.
“I don’t think women get enough credit for what passionate and educated fans they are,” Erin said.
If the world of watching sports is traditionally a male-dominated space, working in sports broadcasting is even more so. Yet over the course of her ten-year career, Erin has made herself a fixture on the sidelines, showing she can rattle off football statistics with the best of them. So what’s her advice to women who are trying to make it in similarly male-dominated fields? “Always be prepared and well researched.” Erin said, “I study a lot. Women are always going to be met with resistance and second-guessed.”