I played a variety of sports when I was growing up, both on school teams and in different leagues. Title IX passed in 1972 and required federally funded schools to provide girls and women with an equal opportunity to compete in sports.
According to studies, playing sports has an immensely positive affect on girls. The results of the studies show:
- Girls who participate in sports are more likely to experience academic success and graduate from high school than those that do not play sports.
- Half of all girls that participate in some kind of sports experience higher levels of self-esteem and less depression.
- Teenage female athletes are less likely to use drugs than teenage female non-athletes.
Pretty inspiring - I can't wait to introduce sports to my girls. In fact I think I should go kick that pink soccer ball around with them right now.
But enough about me, Title IX and pink soccer ball, I want to know about you and...