Student Athlete Activism


Show Your Sport is Skidmore College's student-athlete activism program. Launched in 2014 as a stand alone class project, Show Your Sport has since developed into a broader conversation bringing art, academics, and activism into the athletic community. Through creative and critical thought, student-athletes are challenged to address pressing social issues. Read about our mission.

Show Your Sport initiatives are approved and endorsed by Skidmore Athletics' Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The individual views and opinions expressed in interviews, open letters, and similar posts on the Stories page are meant to provide the athletic community with a platform to voice their own ideas and insights, and are not meant to represent those of Skidmore Athletics or Skidmore College. 





In the winter of 2014, senior Women's Volleyball player Clare Kenny developed a social activism poster campaign to address homophobia in athletics with her teammate, Aria Goodman. Conceived as a course final for Carolyn Chernoff's Cultures of Resistance class, the first round of Show Your Sport posters, featuring members of the Women's Volleyball team, were posted around campus days before winter break. 

Over the course of the Spring 2015 semester, the pair continued the project through the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), drawing support from 15 additional varsity teams and a total of 135 student-athlete participants. The pair also organized a meeting between the SAAC and Skidmore's Pride Alliance. Several groups around campus covered the project's development.

Recognizing the potential for this kind of student-led activism to grow on campus, the pair worked with SAAC to evolve the project into a broader program within Skidmore athletic and continue their LGBTQ and Ally campaign through 2016. 

While Kenny and Goodman continue to support the program post-graduation, going forward, new student-athlete leaders will have the opportunity to design their own initiatives to tackle various social issues affecting the athletic community. Near the end of 2016, a new campaign topic will be selected by the Show Your Sport team. 




Clare Kenny '15
Co-founder/Program Director

Clare was a four-year member of Skidmore's Women's Volleyball team. Clare graduated with honors in Gender Studies in May 2015 and continues to mentor rising SYS teammembers in strategy and outreach. She is currently the Youth Engagement Director for GLAAD.



Aria Goodman '15
Co-founder/Creative Director

A three year starter and two-year captain for the Skidmore Women's Volleyball Team, Aria contributes her artistic abilities for the Show Your Sport program. Aria graduated with honors in Studio Art in May 2015. She works as a graphic designer in Los Angeles.