On Tuesday, March 14, press row at UD Arena filled as the First Four commenced.
Communication and media professionals traveled from across the country to warm courtside seats. Even though female professionals were present, they were scarce.
Erin Meyer, assistant director of athletic communications at Wake Forest, shared her experiences about what it is like to be a woman in athletics.
“Most of the time [being female] doesn’t really seem to make a difference,” Meyer said. “But, there have been times when people outside of sports have asked me, ‘Are you a cheerleader, dancer or what do you do with the team?’”
Meyer is the primary media contact for various sports teams at Wake Forest and the secondary contact for men’s and women’s basketball. She grew up in a basketball family and always knew sports was the place for her.
As a St. Louis native, Meyer sees the NCAA First Four as an opportunity to come back home to her Midwest roots and connect to more female media professionals.
Traveling for Wake Forest sporting events is a perk, she said, and has allowed Meyer to meet many females who are in her same position.
Her advice to women working in athletics: “See yourself as an equal, and you will be treated as one.”