Capstone Spotlight: Paige Kompa, Bras for a Cause

Through my Capstone Project, I was able to collect 170 sports bras and almost $500 for West High School, in the Columbus City School District just a few miles away from UA. Students at West High struggle to have basic needs met like food and clothing. I found out about West High through a family friend who coaches the girls soccer and softball teams. When I heard that girls come to practice and games without the proper athletic gear, including sports bras, I was astounded and knew I had to take action. 

My Capstone idea was born: I’d collect sports bras for the girls at West High. I didn’t know how many, I didn’t know how, but I was determined. No female athlete should have to worry or be embarrassed to play sports.

I approached Cycle 614, a local spinning studio, with my idea. The owners got excited about my cause and jumped in with both feet. They made Bras for a Cause their Christmas in July fundraiser and offered a free cycling session to anyone who brought in a new sports bra or donated $15. The promotion ran the entire month of July. 

My Capstone Project exceeded even my wildest dreams, with stacks of new, donated sports bras pouring in.

Why did this focus interest you?
Bras for a Cause connected directly to my research interests. I’ve been a lifelong athlete, playing tennis at a high level since I was a little girl. I’m thankful for what I can do athletically, and I’ve always encouraged friends and family to be fit. 

Examining the lasting emotional and physical impact of girls’ participation in sports seemed like a natural fit for the research portion of the Capstone Project.

What is your next step after graduation?
Bras for a Cause is just the start of my mission for women’s health. For the next four years, I will be a student-athlete at the University of Dayton, playing on the women's tennis team and studying pre-medicine. After undergrad, I want to pursue obstetrics and gynecologic medicine, allowing me to continue working on women’s health outcomes. Someday I hope to work in third world countries or rural areas of the United States, helping women access the specific health care they need. 

Through my Capstone Project, I have already empowered women, changed mindsets, and fostered an environment in which girls have the opportunity to continue in sports without embarrassment or fear. Thank you, UA.
 
About the Senior Capstone Project
The Senior Capstone Project is the culmination of each student’s academic experience at Upper Arlington High School. This is a genuine way for seniors to merge their interests, passions and curiosities with their academic goals. Seniors are given the opportunity to demonstrate the autonomy, complexity and uniqueness of their Senior Capstone Project both in a written format and through the oral presentation of their project before high school peers and teachers. 
 
We welcome community ideas for our seniors. Please feel free to submit those ideas by filling out this online form

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