Darby Anderson-Cooper ’24 was selected to participate in “emBolden her,” a six-month mentorship program created by the Blake Bolden National Mentorship Initiative and sponsored by Play it Again Sports and Winmark. The program focuses on mental preparation, goal setting, self-motivation, nutrition, time management, and spreading kindness. Darby is one of only 25 girls in the United States and Canada selected for the program that meets virtually.
Blake Bolden is the LA Kings Growth and Inclusion Specialist and Pro Scout, she is the first African American woman drafted to the WNHL and named one of the 25 most powerful women in hockey, Ms. Bolden played two seasons and two All-Star appearances in the NWHL, recorded 27 points in 20 games with HC Lugano in Switzerland in 2018.
In an article titled, “Blake Bolden discusses emBolden her, a 6-month mentorship program for aspiring female hockey players,” published in The Athletic on November 3, 2021, Darby was featured for her participation in the program. The article notes how Darby applied for and was accepted into the program and her experience so far. “We talked about goal-setting, our strengths and weaknesses, and we tried to support each other and give each other ideas to help our anxiety.”
Darby was recognized for this accomplishment at the all-school assembly on Monday, November 9, 2021.