The social stigma of what sports girls should be playing is slowly socially changing, opening opportunities for them to try different sports. Being physically active positively promotes the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of an individual. Not only it gives a girl(s) a sense of belonging and safety, but it also builds on self-esteem and better self-image. Girls of all ages learn to set physical goals and work hard at achieving them. Through dedication and determination, sport goals can lead to a path of personal and team competitiveness.We see girls as young as five years old making personal goals to get better in a skill. Parents like that their child has increased energy and that they are not sitting at home watching television or on their phone. Academically, being involved in sports has the benefit of high grades. There must be a level of commitment to schoolwork. Sports in the high schools have certain grade requirements in order for athletes to participate. Participants must be able to multi task sports with academics. Danbury Athletic Youth Organization (DAYO) is part of the Little Scholars program. Therefore, kids need to acquire nothing less than a D to participate in the youth programs.
If you are a quiet or shy person, sports may be an outlet for you to demonstrate competitiveness and make noise on the field or mat. Introverts certainly have an opportunity to have a presence when involved in playing a game. Female athletes can acquire advantageous life skills such as teamwork, problem solving and better communication, not to mention lifelong values such as the ability to deal with a loss and embrace a win. They learn how to prepare for the next game, the next step to a successful tomorrow.
Sports benefit girls in tremendous healthy ways, preventing chronic diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and risky behaviors. It also contributes to stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis. Studies have shown girls that participate in sport activities are less likely not to smoke or use drugs and athletes are less likely to be depressed.
It is evident that girls in sports find a way to break gender barriers. They are most assertive and certainly, playing non-traditional sports moves girls to gender equality on a global scale.
DAYO has programs that encourage girls and give them opportunity to play other sports in addition to Cheer. We offer Flag football, Tackle football, Track & Field, Speed & Agility and Lacrosse.
This article was written by Estela Camacho, Danbury Athletic Youth Organization (DAYO) secretary. For more information, visit www.dayosports.com, or contact Estela at 203-530-2457 or Bestelacamacho@sbcglobal.net.