NEWS & VIEWS
FEMALE ATHLETE ADVOCATE: OKABENA NATIVE WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR ONLINE MOVEMENT ENCOURAGING CHANGE
June 15, 2019
ST. LOUIS PARK -- Underrepresented, sexualized and judged on appearance rather than ability are all things Courtney Place has experienced during her career as a female athlete. The Okabena native knows her experience as a female athlete isn’t unique, which sparked a fire within her to create SEE US, an online campaign for female athletes to share their experiences and to spread awareness about the stark differences between male and female athletics.
AUGUSTANA GRAD WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR WORK SUPPORTING WOMEN IN SPORTS
June 7, 2019
Courtney Place has been bothered by the inequalities in women's sports for a long time. The lack of exposure and respect compared to men's sports stood out whenever she took the volleyball court.
Looking to take a stand, the 22-year-old Augustana alumna created the SEE US movement, which aims to spread awareness of women underrepresented, sexualized and judged based on appearance rather than performance in sports.
AUGUSTANA GRAD NAMED VICTORIA’S SECRET PINK WINNER
June 4, 2019
Courtney Place made a bold statement in her junior year at Augustana University:
“I have an idea, and I want to change the world with it.” Less than two years later, her vision for a movement to recognize female athletes has been honored by Victoria’s Secret Pink with a new national award. See Us evolved into a social media and fundraising success, benefiting the Women’s Sports Foundation and holding drives for athletic clothes and feminine hygiene products.
COURTNEY PLACE '19 SELECTED AS A WINNER FOR VICTORIA'S SECRET FIRST PINK GRL PROJECT
May 30, 2019
A movement with national aspirations is now a reality for its founder and Augustana graduate Courtney Place, '19. Place was just announced as one of 20 world-wide winners for Victoria's Secret PNK GRL Project for creating the SEE US movement in 2018 while a student. Victoria’s Secret PINK made the announcement on May 30, announcing Place was one of the 20 winners of their first-ever GRL PWR Project. Place, and the other 19 winners will receive $10,000 each to pursue their dreams and jumpstart their bright futures.
PIPESTONE LOCAL PROMOTES SEE US MOVEMENT
December 6, 2018
A SEE US movement has emerged from Augustana College in Sioux Falls to spread awareness about female athletes being underrepresented, sexualized, and judged based on appearance rather than ability. Augie volleyball player Courtney Place began the campaign to start a conversation about the fact that women’s professional sports aren’t recognized, that female athletes are subjected to derogatory names, and that interest is often focused on what female athletes wear rather than their athletic abilities.
INTRODUCING THE SEE US MOVEMENT
November 27, 2018
The SEE US movement started with a KELOLAND student, but it’s got national aspirations. It’s a message that’s crossed the minds of many young girls, their parents, and female athletes across KELOLAND: the desire to be treated as an equal.
‘I SEE’ SEEKS EQUALITY BETWEEN MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SPORTS
November 14, 2018
After her eighth serve of the evening hit the gym floor without being returned over the net, Courtney Place had officially tied Augustana’s all-time record for the number of aces in a game. A 25-year-old record set by Michelle Ohrem in 1993, Place was surprised she had broken such a long-standing record and was excited to celebrate the achievement with her teammates.
NO PUCKS GIVEN: MSU STUDENTS AND FEMALE ATHLETES BRING "SEE US" CAMPAIGN TO CAMPUS
April 19, 2018
Students and female athletes made a powerful statement April 16 when they began their “See Us” campaign at Minnesota State Mankato. “The campaign’s purpose is to spread awareness of the underrepresentation, sexualization and judgements made toward female athletes based on their appearances rather than talented abilities,” Callie Rohlik, the head of MSU’s campaign, said.
THE WOMEN OF THE MOVEMENT
April 19, 2018
Courtney Place and her teammates strolled into the gym, anticipating the high-stakes competition ahead. Though only a seventh-grader, Place was chosen to compete in a high school varsity basketball playoff with girls nearly five years older than she was. Though young, Place ignited the court, but fans of the opposing team didn’t see her speed, her strength or her agility.
They saw her feet.
SEE US SEEKS EQUAL RECOGNITION
March 22, 2018
This past winter, Courtney Place had to make a decision. A successful junior outside hitter on the Augustana volleyball team, Place sat down with friends and family to talk about the possibility of playing professional volleyball abroad after college, when she suddenly thought—“Who would care?"