WEEK #3: HINA MIRZA
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a passionate person. If I get involved in something, I know I’ll give it everything I’ve got. My greatest role in life is as a role model and inspiration to everyone around me, especially my children. Sports has always been so foundational in my life. I truly believe that my experiences on the field and court were greater than any lesson I learned in a classroom. I strongly feel that anyone who plays a sport, changes as a person, and that’s exactly how sports has impacted me. Growing up I was open to playing anything and everything, but now my heart and soul is with softball.
Three years ago, one of my best friends, Maryam Dadabhoy and I sat on the bleachers watching our husbands play in a softball league. Knowing our limitations as Muslim women, we were jealous of the opportunities they had. I would always ask why we weren’t out there playing as well, until one day, her husband said… “If you want to play, why don’t you start your own league?” and it hit me in that moment, that the only one stopping us was ourselves. With Maryam’s incredible support, we were able to start Sisterhood Softball, a faith-based league dedicated to provide an accommodated environment to women just like us. What started off as pick-up games among friends on Sunday mornings, turned into a league of four teams in just three years!
Today I play many roles, I’m a mother, registered psychotherapist, public speaker, workshop facilitator and one of the founders of Sisterhood Softball, and I know that playing sports has elevated my abilities to fulfill all of these roles beyond their potential.
Please share a story about an internal or external barrier you have faced? How did you overcome that barrier?
Women face all kinds of barriers in life, both internal and external, and perhaps it’s these barriers that teach us how to play harder, fight fiercely and exceed our expectations to reach our goals. You’re either going to let your barriers get in the way, or you’re going to learn to rise above them. I was always the latter. Growing up, my parent’s limited my athletic goals because of cultural restraints. I never felt