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Playing sports is for girls too

Becky Hammon First full-time female NBA Assistant Coach
Becky Hammon First full-time female NBA Assistant Coach

Girls as well as boys should be encouraged to play sports. There are a multitude of reasons which make sports a wise although often overlooked choice for daughters. There appears to be an upswing of young ladies wearing lots of weave while trying to imitate the likes of Britney Spears or the Queen B (Beyonce). Although these are viable choices, most young women seeking to look like super stars could spend more time developing sport skills to earn scholarships and to build self-esteem.

Other incentives for girls playing sports are detailed by the Women’s Sports Foundation, some being: 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. Take a brief look at some recognizable former female athletes to get a more tangible and real life inspiration:

• Robin Roberts played tennis and basketball among others sports and parlayed her knowledge of sports into a career. She is now a news anchor on ABC’s Good Morning America.

• Elizabeth Hasselbeck captained the women’s softball team at Boston College for two seasons winning consecutive Big East championships. She was cast on Survivor: The Australian Outback and went on to be a co-host for ABC’s The View.

• Becky Hammon has become the first female full- time assistant coach in the NBA. She was hired by the San Antonio Spurs. Hammon is a former WNBA basketball star.

One more thing, a report by TrueSport states: A growing body of research literature finds that in addition to improved physical health, sport plays a primarily positive role in youth development, including improved academic achievement, higher self-esteem, fewer behavioral problems, and better psychosocial.29,30 Many studies focus on the effects of sport on the five “C’s”—competence, confidence, connections, character, and caring—which are considered critical components of positive youth development. It has long been thought that the many facets of playing sport—the discipline of training, learning teamwork, following the leadership of coaches and captains, learning to lose—provide lifelong skills for athletes.”

Sports give girls an opportunity to be well-rounded women; let’s do it girls.

Sports do not build character. They reveal it. John Wooden-Legendary UCLA Basketball Coach.

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