CATHERINE “CAT” WHITEHILL
Boston 2014 Keynote Speaker & Panelist
Cat is an advocate for the rights of women to participate in sports. On February 1, 2006, she testified at a committee hearing of the United States Senate in support of Title IX, the civil rights law that, among other things, provides women and girls the same opportunities to participate in school sports that boys and men are offered. In her testimony, she described having to play on boys’ soccer teams as a young girl in Alabama because there were no opportunities for girls to play organized soccer there at the time.
Whitehill was paired with Beth Mowins as a color commentator on one of ESPN’s broadcast teams for the telecasts of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She has also worked the sidelines for Fox Soccer Channel and for 2012 men’s and women’s NCAA College Cup matches on ESPNU
Whitehill attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2000-2003. During her freshman season, she scored four goals and had five assists tallying 13 points after playing in all 24 matches of the season. She received North Carolina’s Rookie Player of the Year honors in 2000 and was named an NSCAA Second-Team All-American. She was also named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2000 NCAA Final Four, starting her first game of the season in the NCAA championship game against UCLA helping the Tar Heels win the national title. Her contributions resulted in her being honored as the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the NCAA Final Four.
Cat currently resides with her husband, Dr. Robert Whitehill, in Boston Massachusetts.