Dynamo Girl is built on the conviction that competence in a variety of physical activities cultivates confidence in life. Every new skill gained – how to throw a ball, jump rope, work as part of a team – demonstrates to our girls that challenges in life can be met with confidence and self-belief.

Vanessa Kroll BennettFounder

Vanessa Kroll Bennett


I was inspired to start Dynamo Girl when I noticed the lack of opportunities for my daughter to play sports in the joyful, encouraging way she likes to learn. I created the program for her and all the girls who want the opportunity to be physically active in a supportive environment. Growing up, I swam, played soccer, basketball, tennis and softball from an early age. In high school, with the encouragement of great coaches, I learned to play two new sports: lacrosse and ice hockey. In the summers, I went to Camp Walden, an all-girls camp in Denmark, ME, and I received a BA in American Studies from Wellesley College, a women's college outside of Boston. Those experiences taught me the power of all-female environments in building girls' self-confidence. My mission is to provide girls positive and empowering all-female experiences to build their self-esteem and help them grow stronger inside and out.

I live in New York City with my husband and four children.

Mary Pat Draddy, LMSW

Outreach Director

For as long as I can remember, I've been playing sports. In elementary school in Rye, NY, I played softball and golf, and I swam for a swim team and danced. Later as a teenager, I switched to field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. The teamwork and inner strength that I learned playing on those teams have been influential in every work-setting I have ever encountered. I earned at BA in History from Loyola College of Maryland and a MSW in Clinical Social Work from NYU. I live in New York City with my two children, two dogs and my husband. I have run a marathon and several half marathons, but have recently switched my athletic endeavors to pilates and tennis. Something you may not know about me: I took water ballet as a kid and have been known to break out a routine with childhood friends, much to the dismay of my children.

Our Coaches

Dynamo Girl coaches are women of all different backgrounds who are passionate about helping girls enjoy physical activity while building their confidence. Our coaches are former athletes in a wide variety of sports who hail from all over the country and have degrees in areas like: Physical Education, Social Work, Psychology, Counseling and Outdoor Education. Dynamo Girl coaches are trained in our specially designed curriculum that builds girls' fundamental sports skills while providing them with social/emotional tools developed by Girls Leadership.