Champion of Girls Sports
By Guest Blogger: Molly Lauryssens
National popcorn day, national dog day, national peanut butter day. Seems every day is getting a label now, right? Well, BYOU Magazine wants you to take note of one more—because it is one of the best—it’s been around for a while and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Wednesday, February 1 is the 31st annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD).
What is so important about this day? For starters, the research is crystal clear: girls who play sports have better health, higher self-esteem, greater academic achievement, stronger leadership skills, and even more economic opportunity. Wow! As if playing wasn’t incentive enough.
Second, while there has been tremendous progress leveling the playing field and giving girls similar opportunities to boys when it comes to sports, only 40% of girls in high school are participating. That means three-in-five girls are actually missing an awesome opportunity to grow their life skills. Three-in-five!
NGWSD is trying to change all that. This organization is made up of four premier organizations in the US. They are the Women’s Sports Foundation, the National Women’s Law Center, Girls Inc., and The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. They help coordinate community activities on this day and throughout the year in all 50 states to help empower girls, giving them a chance to play.
For instance, at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, New York, there will be a Field Day and Basketball game on February 7. The Women Sports Film Festival will be held in Oakland, California on February 28. There are so many events held throughout the year, to find one near you go to: ngwsd.org/events/.
This year, the NGWSD theme is Expanding Opportunity. You can go to their website and download the information packet you would need to help celebrate. How cool would it be if you set up a sports camp or luncheon honoring this in your own town? Don’t worry, they give you all the tools that you need to help you organize and be a champion for girls sports!
About the author, Molly Lauryssens: Molly is an award-winning sports reporter and freelance writer/editor. She is a lover of all sports and games! She is the author of the upcoming book, God, Girls, Games (G3 for short!) Check out more of her work here!
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