Starting important conversations is something Stephanie Schaupmeyer and her UBC Thunderbirds women’s hockey team has never shied away from.
And, it’s all for a cause bigger than them — to continue to break down barriers for female athletes and female hockey players.
“I would hate it if young girls wouldn’t be able to have the opportunity I have had, the experiences I have had, meeting great teammates. If I can help one girl experience those things that will have made me happy,” said Schaupmeyer, a University of British Columbia Thunderbirds alumnae, who recently joined on with the Grindstone Foundation to assist raising funds to give to young girls who do not have the financial means to play.
Whether it is having a tribute night to a team member, Laura Taylor, who died by suicide to raise awareness about mental illness and the complexity of suicide.; creating a mockumentary on the stupid questions female hockey players get asked; or, speaking out when the USport women’s final got cut from TV, while their male counterparts game was televised. It is all with one goal in mind for the Thunderbirds — keeping women’s hockey part of the conversation about the sport.