It’s that time of year again when we get to celebrate all things sports! Wednesday, February 7 marks the 32nd annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD).
This year’s theme is Play Fair, Play IX and is encouraging all schools to get in the game. Title IX was established to “ensure that students receive educational opportunities free from discrimination based on gender.” While Title IX has been a game-changer for sure, the NGWSD Coalition sees that there is more work to be done.
How can we take action? There are many ways we can help draw attention to this inspiring tradition and raise awareness on the impact that sports can have for females. Enlist a teacher, your mom, and some friends to help plan an event, such as:
- Construct a wall of fame with photos and/or memorabilia from female athletic events at your school and feature the exploits of some notable female achievements. Local or national stars, mixed in with some other students, would be a great mix.
- Spread your passion by hosting a clinic. It doesn’t matter if it’s soccer or gymnastics. Whatever sport(s) you love to play will do. Invite younger students to participate and encourage all of them to try something new while enjoying physical activity more.
- Bring NGWSD to your book club. Don’t have one? Well then, this is a great time to get started! Suggested titles include: Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: the Law that Changed the Future of Girls in America; The Off Season; Beacon Street Girls; Girl Power: Young Women Speak Out; Girlwise and A Place on the Team: The Triumph & Tragedy of Title IX (book list from the NGWSD site).
- Write to Congress. In fact, run a letter-writing campaign where you ask your school, church, and friends to write your local representatives thanking them for their continued support for Title IX and women sports. Don’t stress if you’ve never done this before, you can find a sample here on the NGWSD.org website.
- Reach out to collegiate athletes and see if you can arrange a visit for them to your local middle or high school and have them talk to the girls about what it’s like to be an athlete in college.
For additional ideas, go here to download the resource packet from the NGWSD Coalition.
With so many cool and fresh ways to celebrate woman/girls and sports, you can easily figure out a way to score. Don’t forget, have some fun too!
Article by Guest Blogger: Molly Lauryssens