Two SUNY Broome students were selected to participate in the first annual on-line Women’s Empowerment Ceremony on NFL 360 Network during the Draft, aired April 23rd. Ronisha Cuddihe represents Indianapolis, Indiana, and Abigayle Bennett represents New England. Missed it live? You can watch the ceremony below!

Ronisha Cuddihe

“The project was so important for young women and girls to know that they have no limitations and can do anything that they put their mind to. The icons we used for the draft went through so many struggles but still ended up successful and proving women are very strong people. I hope this project motivates young women to change the world and change how some men perceive women. I’m really happy that I got to be apart of the project and had a chance to learn about different women in history that I never heard of before. Their stories are amazing and makes me proud to be a woman in this day in age. I also am glad to be apart of this project cause I can relate to these iconic women’s struggles because I went through a lot myself and their stories truly inspire me even more.” 

 Ronisha participating in the NFL Draft Women’s Empowerment Ceremony 2020


Abigayle represents New England and Helen Keller

“I have been super honored to have been able to take part in the women’s empowerment draft with Art Force 5 and the NFL. We are coming up on the 100 year anniversary of the 19th amendment, and in a time where politics take so much of our energy, it’s easy to forget who gave us the right to express our political opinions through voting. The women we discussed have paved the way to the world we live in today, where little girls can grow up to be anything they want. There is still a lot of work to be done to achieve true equality, but without the women we honored, we would have nothing compared to what we have now. I had the incredible opportunity to honor Helen Keller, a woman who I have admired since I was seven years old. She defeated all odds set against her, and became an icon for women and girls everywhere. Helen is a superb example of strength and perseverance, as are the other 31 women we discussed. I look forward to watching little girls have their version of the NFL that most little boys cherish. Aside from the women we honored, everyone involved with this project portrays qualities of the type of leaders I hope to see in the future. Strong, independent, team driven, and compassionate. I can’t wait for everyone to see our project on NFL all access, and I hope we can bring joy and inspiration in this time of isolation.”

Abigayle participating in the NFL Draft Women’s Empowerment Ceremony

Watch it here!

NFL360 Women’s Empowerment Draft Ceremony – Art Force 5

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