Our Mission

Tharros is a nonprofit venture that empowers girls to stay engaged in sports and fitness. We unite women and girls to have real conversations and help girls develop their athletic identity. 

Tharros means courage in Greek. Courage is part of our identity and integrated in everything we do at Tharros.

Happy Little Girl
Soccer Player

Our Vision

Our vision is to dream big and think differently about sports and fitness opportunities for girls. We imagine a world where every girl feels confident, bold, and courageous about their athletic identity. 


Nicole Shaia, Founder, Chief Creator of Awesome & Soccer/Fitness Enthusiast

I was inspired to start Tharros based on my own personal experience and journey with sports. I started playing soccer around 5 years old and fell in love with the sport. I felt unstoppable on the field and like I had a voice. I continued playing for 10 years and dreamed of playing in college one day. But by the time I reached high school, I struggled with my confidence and didn't have the financial resources to continue playing. Like many adolescent girls today, I stopped playing. After that, I was detached from sports and fitness for awhile. Recently, I returned to soccer 20+ years later and realized how much I missed out on over the years. I was surprised to learn that girls drop out of sports at 2X the rate than boys do.


Girls are missing out on the physical, social, and economic benefits that sports provides. Tharros is taking bold action by providing courage, connection, and community to ignite change and empower more girls to stay in sports. Let's do this! ​

About Me: I am a soccer & fitness enthusiast and an innovator at heart. I previously worked in the nonprofit sector for 13+ years in program and community development, outreach, and fundraising primarily in the greater New York City area. In addition to my professional experiences, I also developed my leadership and management skills by earning a Master in Public Administration degree at NYU Wagner where I specialized in Social Innovation & Impact Investing and learned how to tackle complex social issues in an effective way. I am also trained in Confidence Coaching, Transformational Psychology, Cognitive Behavior, and Youth Engagement.

 Every girl deserves a chance to be an athlete.