History-making NCAA baseball player MARIKA LYSZCZYK has broken gender barriers that others thought were improbably – if not impossible. As the first female catcher to play on an NCAA men’s baseball team, Marika has been sharing her journey on social media and breaking into sports reporting with on-field commentating. In this talk, Marika encourages audiences to follow their passions, dreams, and goals no matter the obstacles.
Marika Lyszczyk made history by becoming the first female catcher to play on an NCAA Men’s Baseball team, and the first Canadian woman to play US college men’s baseball. Recruited to play NCAA Division 3 men’s baseball as a catcher at Rivier University, Marika has broken gender barriers that others thought were improbable or impossible. She has moved up to NCAA Division 2 and is currently playing for Sonoma State University as a pitcher.
Determined to follow her dream no matter how difficult it gets, Marika has overcome adversity and learned to adapt along the way by working on her strengths, not taking no for an answer, and forging relationships with others that support and believe in her through her journey.
Marika has shared her experiences on social media as she has progressed through the different levels of baseball. She hopes to inspire young women and others to follow their dreams no matter how crazy their dreams or goals are.