Did you play sports as a kid? If so, why did you stop? In this new video, the Women’s Sports Foundation aims to raise awareness that by age 14, girls drop out of sports at double the rate of boys.
Just a week after the 40th anniversary of the passing of Title IX, it’s disheartening to know that women haven’t fully reached equality in sports. Although this video focuses on distracting media messages, the Women’s Sports Foundation, founded by Billie Jean King, cites six more reasons why girls drop out of sports: lack of access, safety and transportation, social stigma, decreased quality of experience, cost and lack of positive role models.
In their 25 years of research, the Women’s Sports Foundation has observed just how beneficial girls' participation in sports can be. Sports helps to keep them healthy and confident and less likely to engage in unhealthful behaviors such as smoking, drinking and drugs. The foundation has even found that physically active girls perform better academically.
What do you think we can do to keep girls involved in sports?
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