Rally For Girls Sports

by This is Carrie on December 8, 2010

Apparently research shows that girls who participate in sports have have higher self-esteem, lower incidence of depression and a more positive body image than non-athletes. But, I don’t need research to tell me what I’ve already seen in myself and my daughters since we’ve become an “athletic family”.

Just take one look at these faces and the effects of girls + sports is pretty clear.

Focus.

Confidence.

Determination.

Success.

Joy.

And the benefits don’t stop there.

“Participation in sports decreases girls’ chances of becoming obese and developing heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast cancer…..Girls who play sports have higher grades, better test scores, and are less likely to drop out. They also have more opportunities to apply for athletic scholarships, which can help them attend college. Female athletes are also more likely to participate in traditionally male-dominated occupations, which are typically higher paying. In addition, more than four out of five executive businesswomen played sports growing up, and the vast majority reported that the lessons they learned on the playing field contributed to their success in business. By playing sports, girls win more than a game.”  from the National Women’s Law Center.

Opportunities for girls to play sports at school have come a long way in the last few decades, but there is still progress to be made to ensure girls have equal chances to reap the benefits of sports through school athletic programs.  Click HERE to find out more.

Rally for Girls’ Sports Day

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Karissa Ferguson December 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Woohoo! I’m not super athletic but I do like sports, it’s fun to pretend, right? ha. I did play tennis through middle and high school and loved it. Thanks for the information!

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This is Carrie
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I did nothing athletic during High School save for a few church basketball games and cheerleading (which totally doesn’t count).

I’m definitely a late in life female athlete. It’s never too late!

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carey December 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Wow. Thanks for all the info, even more reason to get my 4yo out there in the field! :)

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Sara December 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I LOVE this post. You’ve given them such a great start and have been a model example. Nice work, mama 😉

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Susan (5 Minutes for Mom) December 8, 2010 at 6:47 pm

WOW!

It totally makes sense and I’m going to try to ensure my girls have tons of opportunities to play sports.

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Beth December 8, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I am definitely a “late in life” athlete (does pilates make me an athlete ??? not sure, but I’ve never had more endurance or felt strong – also running on the elliptical 6 days a week for the past five years). I agree with all these, even though I’d say it’s important to start young and have parents that support you, b/c I don’t have the best memories of trying sports when I was younger – when I’d “mess up” I’d get embarrassed and back off, or when boys would make fun of girls in gym class. Not good. But I don’t think my parents helped me thru it b/c they weren’t athletic. I say the younger the better and just keep it ingrained it them how important it is to feel STRONG.

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Jen Guzman December 10, 2010 at 7:34 am

Carrie,

Have you heard of Girls on the Run (http://gotrdc.org/)? It is really big in my neck of the woods and I could totally see you starting up a program in Orange County. It is a very cool program….there are always long waiting lists for the girls to participate. I hope to volunteer if my schedule ever allows ;-). Sports taught me so much growing up…..especially team sports. It was a great way for me to make friends since I am a bit anti-social. It gave me confidence to compete against others, especially guys. There is really nothing like being a part of a sports team when you are young.

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Shannon December 10, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Love this post and the pictures are priceless! You are such a good Mom to be setting the pace, being an example, encouraging your girls to expand their horizons and challenge themselves. Way to go:)

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Misha January 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Hey! I just wanted to let you know that I read your blog faithfully and love it! You have really, really inspired me with my running and this year my goal is to run the NYC Marathon. Thank you for being such a great motivating factor in my running.

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This is Carrie
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How awesome!! I don’t want to run too many more marathons, but the NYC marathon is definitely on my life list. Good luck to you!

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