It may look like a simple green clover, but the emblem that adorned Katherine Legge’s helmet during the 96th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is much more.
The Girl Scouts are celebrating their centennial year and hope to bring recognition to new programs and initiatives.
“Without a strong belief in myself, I would not be one of the few women to compete at the highest level in the male-dominated world of motorsports,” said Legge, who started 30th and finished 22nd. “Carrying the Girl Scouts’ logo on my helmet reminds me of what got me here. When I was a young girl, Girl Guides inspired me to believe that if I set my mind to it, nothing could prevent me from achieving my dreams.”
In her first season in the IZOD IndyCar Series, Legge was the ninth female to race in the Indianapolis 500. Additionally, Legge will become the first ambassador to the Girl Scouts’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Program, along with the Girl Scouts’ first motorsports athlete as a national spokesperson.
Additionally, TrueCar Inc., which is an online automotive information and communications platform, has formed an initiative to provide support to aspiring women drivers.
“TrueCar, in my mind, has done something very unique and forward-thinking,” Legge said. “And it is something that will grow and I think that’s going to be a really cool thing to be a part of from the very beginning, and it’s going to be pretty huge.”
Vice President of Marketing for TrueCar, Rene Villegas, believes it is just the corporation doing their small part to give back to females everywhere.
“And really what TrueCar is about is using data to find talented race car drivers that have the potential for excellence,” Villegas said. “And when we analyze that data, it became clear to us that women have a strong potential to excel at motorsports.”
Legge’s efforts to help stabilize and emphasize the importance of becoming a strong female leader are infectious. The Girl Scouts of the USA is using the 100-year anniversary as a time to launch a campaign in which they want to engage mothers, fathers, corporations, government and nonprofits — to encourage girls to reach the leadership skills and level that they are capable of.
ToGetHerThere is doing just that. The campaign strives to create balanced leadership in one generation, and is the boldest advocacy campaign dedicated to the cause in history.
“At Girl Scouts USA, we want all girls to have the opportunity to be leaders in their own lives and realize their full potential,” said Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez. “But girls can’t get there alone.”
With Legge carrying the Girl Scouts’ logo on her helmet, the organization will help get the recognition they desire to help carry out the success of their programs and campaigns.
“It also shows girls that if you have a dream, and if you believe in yourself and work hard to accomplish that dream, you can do anything,” Chávez said.