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Girls and Athletics
Transcript of Girls and Athletics
PE/Health Teacher The Orchard School
80% of female executives at Fortune 500 companies identify as former "tomboys."
If You Let Me Play...
How does sport participation translate?
What We Can Do
Change the mindset!
Analyzing the link between athletics and academics in young girls.
Captivating the young female in academics and sports.
Presented by: Lisa Pryor
Basketball coach at Brebeuf High School and Orchard School
Butler Women's Basketball Team 2000-2004
Basketball, Soccer, Track, Softball player at Beechcroft High School, Columbus, OH
Began organized sports at age 10
Fact vs Fiction
Semiprofessional basketball player and international soccer player
Encourage the use of sports equipment!
Encourage participation at a young age!
Attend/Watch Women's Sporting Events
Provide female role models!
Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh
Venus and Serena Williams
6 year old boxer
Get them involved!
Make it FUN!
Will vs. Can
Strengths vs Popularity
Athletic girls are too competitive
Girls drop out of sports at a rate six times greater than boys.
The media covers mens and womens sports equally.
Thank you for joining me!
Womens Sports Foundation, "Benefits- Why Sports Participation for Girls and Women." at womenssportsfoundation.org
Zimmerman and Reavill, "Raising our Athletic Daughters"
The #1 reason kids play sports is to have FUN!
Make it a family or class initiative!
"Families that kick together, stick together." ATA Martial Arts
Teach basic skill sets first.
Sports Themed Summer Camps
The Elephant in the gym... Stereotypes
Being a Student
Mary L. Gavin, "5 Reasons for Girls to Play Sports." at kidshealth.org
I would not be who I am without sports.
Discourage early departures
Improving skills helps improve
Getting in shape
Making new friends
A bad performance does
not make you a bad person
Wieden and Kennedy, "If You Let Me Play Campaign." Nike
Provide Books About
Girls in Sports
A Mighty Girl Website. www.amightygirl.com
If you make a mistake, don't dwell
on it. Fix it.
No complaining about playing time. Promoting strengths of each player.
Trying new things
Assign people to positions to utilize his/her strengths, not because of a relationship.