BIO

About Sydney

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Sydney Park is a speaker, sports and gender equity advocate, event host, and writer. In 2021, she held the title of Miss New York and spent her year championing inclusivity and acceptance in sports through advocacy and partnerships with national organizations like Athlete Ally, the Women's Sports Foundation, and Up2Us Sports. She currently serves on the Advisory Council of adidas' and Up2Us Sports' She Changes the Game initiative, which aims to increase the number of women coaches at all levels of sports. A staunch supporter of LGBTQ+ rights, Sydney was one of the first candidates to use her platform as a state titleholder to advocate for trans inclusion on the Miss America stage. 

Her Miss New York title brought her to the 100th Anniversary Miss America stage where she placed Third Runner Up to Miss America and was awarded a Talent Award for her performance of her original poem, "Sit like a Lady." Sydney's Miss America run garnered national press attention, and she was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. Back in New York City, she was recognized by Disney on Broadway as one of the city's most influential women. She has been recognized by both the NYS Assembly and Buffalo Common Council for her work as Miss New York. 

As the daughter of a businessman, Sydney has leveraged her skillset to spearhead partnership projects across New York State in support of the Miss New York Scholarship Organization. Her efforts resulted in the doubling of this year's Scholarship award, a brand ambassadorship with New York by Rail, and a prize package for the newest Miss New York worth over $15,000. She plans to continue to serve the organization and state of New York through volunteering and fundraising. 

The granddaughter of Korean and Scottish immigrants, Sydney is an avid supporter of equitable access to education and opportunity. A graduate of Fordham Law School and Columbia University, Sydney holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies.  She hopes to continue to use her education to create a better and more equitable world for all. 

EDUCATION

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2014-2015

American University of Paris

2015-2018

Columbia University, Columbia College

2019-2022

Fordham Law School

Sydney studied in Paris, France her first year of college as part of the George Washington University Paris Scholars Program. 

Sydney transferred to Columbia University where she graduated with a degree in American Studies. 

Sydney graduated with her Juris Doctor in May 2022. She received the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award Cum Laude for performing over 250 hours of public sector work while in law school.

PUBLICATIONS

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Media & Press

Gender Equity and Inclusion in Sports

  • Milton Academy, M Club Keynote Speaker (June 2022)

  • Women's Sports Foundation, Fifty for Fifty Contributor (March 2022)

  • GMA3 (Good Morning America 3rd Hour), "Fighting for Trans Inclusion in Youth Sports," Featured Contributor, (December 2021)

  • AM1290 WTKS with Bill Edwards, featured contributor (October 2021)

  • 1320 WILS "The Morning Wakeup" with Dave Akerly, featured contributor (October 2021)

  • "Down the Road" with Joel Heitkamp, featured contributor (October 2021)

  • KGO Radio with Chip Franklin, featured contributor (October 2021)

Women's Empowerment

  • Hudson Valley Women in Business, Keynote Speaker (March 2022) 

  • Goshen Chamber of Commerce "Women in Business," Keynote Speaker (October 2021)

Lifestyle & Miss New York Organization 

"When I was five years old, I looked at the TV and I didn’t see women who looked like me. And now I have other half-Asian little girls who are like, ‘I look like you.’ And what they see is not this package of beauty, what they see is Ivy League grad, law student, New York powerhouse. And I think that’s the important part.” 
 

- Sydney Park for Rolling Stone Magazine (December 2021)

Events & Hosting

  • USO Activation, USS Bataan Embark Program, Event Host (May 2022)

  • New York State Tourism Industry Association Annual Conference, Featured Speaker (April 2022)

  • St. John's University AAPI Celebration Event, Host (April 2022)

  • Miss New York Spring Soiree, Host (April 2022)

  • "Best of" Long Island, Awards Presenter (April 2022)

  • PS 274, Guest Speaker (March 2022)

  • Learning Courage Gala, Featured Guest & Performer (February 2022)

  • Lake George Winter Festival, Featured Guest (February 2022)

  • Miss Danville Scholarship Competition, Featured Guest (January 2022)

  • "Best Of" Utica, Awards Presenter (August 2021)

  • Ithaca Children's Bureau, Guest Speaker (August 2021)

  • Gotham FC, In-Game Host (July 2021)

  • NYCFC, Hero of the Match (May 2021)

  • Up2Us Sports Gala, Panel Moderator (May 2021)

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