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How many times have we heard comments like “girls shouldn’t play that sport” or seen girls’ teams playing in half-filled arenas? Growing up, I was always discouraged when I wanted to try a new sport by my parents and extended family because I was a girl.
I very clearly remember sitting down for a family dinner when I was 14. We were talking about health and fitness, which piqued my uncle’s curiosity. After complimenting my male cousin about working out and bulking up, he put me down for doing the same thing. I was told that it was not very lady-like and that I am not going to be attractive if I bulked up from playing sports and working out.
I was 14. Fourteen. That is not something a 14 year old girl needs to hear. Like many other girls, I was already struggling with my post puberty body and I did not need discouragement. But you know what, I got lucky that I was surrounded by an amazing group of girl friends. More than half of girls will have dropped out of sports by the time they end puberty but being the headstrong person I am and with the support of some amazing girls in my life, I kept playing #LikeAGirl. I remember at 16, I won 2 gold medals for our high school varsity badminton team – in our district and in our region. What What ??
For more than 30 years, Always has been championing girls’ confidence globally and has changed the simple phrase of #LikeAGirl to mean powerful and amazing things! Many studies have found that ongoing participation in sports is a high contributor to confidence in girls, at any age and level, and provides valuable skills to help them stay confident throughout adulthood. Always is on a mission to help stop the drop in confidence amongst girls and wants everyone to show the world how they Keep Playing #LikeAGirl by sharing their story, an image, video, etc. and encouraging everyone to do the same.
The recent Always survey found that girls reported that three of the top benefits of staying in sports are increased confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. I can tell you that growing up playing sports, my leadership skills were honed and fine tuned. Being a part of a team, I remembered stepping up and being the person who made sure the entire team was present and made sure everyone stuck together on our unsupervised transit to other schools for after school matches. Such skills have followed me into adulthood and it shows itself when I’m at work and I’m making sure the entire crew has completes needed tasks. I feel confident and comfortable expressing myself in all leadership opportunities.
Every time I see the following video being played, I actually tear up a little. These girls remind me of the girls in my support circle as a kiddo – I had my gal pals telling me not to listen and that no one can tell me that I can’t play.
And here’s the behind the scenes video with the director’s interview. One thing that stood out to me was where she says a parent discouraged their daughter from playing soccer because she was worried she would get hurt. I’ve had this conversation with my own family multiple times “Oh what if you break your leg?” ” What if you’ll hurt yourself?” “You’ll get ugly scars.” But what if I don’t? The benefits of playing a sport outweighs the “risks.”
QOTD: How you Keep Playing #LikeAGirl? Help encourage young girls to keep playing by sharing how you Keep Playing #LikeAGirl!
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