Today the National Women’s Law Center is hosting Blog to Rally for Girls’ Sports Day as a way of celebrating the importance of girls in sports and the far-reaching benefits of athletics participation for girls nationwide.
For the past 26 years I have been an advocate for girls participating in sports and have (and continue to) been involved as a coach, parent and athlete. The primary reason I started Sports Girls Play was to provide a positive resource for other parents, coaches and athletes in a wide range of sports. Having coached literally hundreds (probably closer to a thousand) girls from ages 3 on up, I have seen the benefits of sports directly as these little girls have grown into successful young women. I have seen the benefits of sports in my own daughters' lives and have chronicled quite a bit of it here.
Some of the articles that I have posted over the years that I think best represent the spirit of the Rally for Girls Sports Day include:
- Coaching Reflections
- Success is Not Always Measured in Medals
- Confidence – The Secret Ingredient
- Getting Past “I Quit”
- What a Difference a Year Makes
- Observations from the Rink
- Sports Can Help Kids Focus in School
- Thanks Sports Parents
So, in support of Rally for Girls Sports Day, take a minute and answer the question, “What did you win by playing sports?” in the comments below.