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2021

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AWARD

Congratulations to the 2021 Chicago Red Stars #SHEINSPIRESME Award Winners! The annual #SHEINSPIRESME award recognizes women who exemplify leadership, practice social responsibility and who inspire and uplift their community. Winners were selected by popular vote and announced at the #SHEINSPIRESME match on Saturday, October 2nd. Each received a #SHEINSPIRESME commemorative plaque, a donation from the CRS Cares Foundation to continue their work in the community, and tickets to the 2022 home opener.

Winner, Adult (21 and over)

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SARAH TAYLOR

Sarah Taylor, a first-generation American, launched nonprofit Yo Soy Ella, Inc. in 2012. YSE’s mission is to “enact as a support system for Latina and all women of color, and enrich their mental and emotional wellness”. Yo Soy Ella provides support groups and educational forums for participants overcoming mental and emotional limitations, offers advocacy and educational/legal resources on the pathway to citizenship for Latina women, provides education and support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse, and more. As a daughter of immigrants, Sarah witnessed her family’s urgency to seek opportunities to move the family forward. Through this experience, she inherited a passion to assist women in improving their quality of life.

Winner, Youth (20 and under)

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ROSIE QUINN

When she was two and a half, Rosie Quinn was diagnosed with Alopecia. When Quinn’s parents surprised her with a headscarf boasting one of her very own paintings printed on it, she fell in love. She told her parents that they “should make these for all the bald kids who look like me.” And so the nonprofit Coming Up Rosies was born. Coming Up Rosies’ mission is to “restore confidence, happiness and pride to anyone struggling with low self-esteem during their medical journey, especially bald children.” Quinn became adamant that her mom leave corporate America so that they could focus solely on donating scarves to the “bald kids.” When it became clear Quinn wouldn’t let up, her mom Paula left Google and to work with her daughter (also known as Coming Up Rosies’ Chief Evangelist) delivering Smile Kits so that children can create their very own head scarves and superhero capes. This past year, 10-year-old Quinn and her mom also wrote the award winning book “My Hair Went On Vacation” with all proceeds from book sales benefitting the nonprofit.