From the Women’s Sports Foundation:
- High school girls who play sports are less likely to be involved in an unintended pregnancy ; more likely to get better
grades in school and more likely to graduate than girls who do not play sports.
- As little as four hours of exercise a week may reduce a teenage girl’s risk of breast cancer by up to 60%;
breast cancer is a disease that afflicts one out of every eight American women. (Journal of the National
Cancer Institute, 1994)
- Forty percent of women over the age of 50 suffers from osteoporosis (brittle bones). (Osteoporosis, 1996)
None of us should want our daughters to repeat experiences of generations of women-our mothers and grandmothers
who were not permitted to play sports or encouraged to participate in weight-bearing exercises that are necessary to
establish bone mass.
- Girls and women who play sports have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem and lower levels of depression.
- Girls and women who play sports have a more positive body image and experience higher states of psychological
well-being than girls and women who do not play sports.
80% of Fortune 500 Women CEOs Played Sports Growing Up
I am a firm believer that sports defined who I became in the business world. Sports challenge you mentally, physically and emotionally. The game creates an environment where you have no choice but to learn skills such as strong communication, leadership, strategic thinking, empathy, drive, motivation….you name it. (Tiffany Burns, LinkedIn)