BCD welcomes Kate Fagan on May 15, 2024

BOULDER, CO, April 2024 – Kate Fagan, a former CU Women’s Basketball player, has been speaking on the experience of the female athlete and the mental health concerns generated by today’s achievement focused youth sports environment and how coaches, parents, and caring adults can lean into the positive and be mindful of the harmful. Today’s youth face a much different athletics experience than prior generations. From a different level of parental involvement to the ‘always-on’ pressure that social media creates, today’s athletes face the mounting pressures of our performance culture.

Ms. Fagan is a sportscaster, an Emmy-award winning journalist, and the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling book, What Made Maddy Run, which takes a closer look at the inside life of a successful young athlete whose life ended in suicide. Ms. Fagan also candidly documented her own journey of self-discovery as an athlete and an individual in writing of her journey to accept herself through coming to terms with who she is when everyone around her was telling her she was wrong in her memoir, The Reappearing Act.

Ms. Fagan will share insights from her personal and professional experiences and bolster parents in their role as supporters of the real goal of youth sports.


Boulder Country Day School, where academic distinction meets education with character. BCD is a top rated, accredited private school in Boulder, Colorado where every child has the opportunity to discover their own unique excellence. Distinguished by small class sizes, outstanding faculty, engaging academics and a focus on community, our preschool, elementary and IB middle school teachers strive to create a well-rounded educational environment that balances traditional subjects with the arts, world languages, athletics and knowledge-based units learning.