Studies consistently demonstrate that a girl who plays sports is:

Healthier - She is less likely to get pregnant, be in an abusive relationship, or engage in risky sexual behavior. She is less likely to smoke or use drugs, and has reduced risk of breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other health complications.

More Educated - She achieves higher levels of education, has higher attendance in school, and performs better in school, leading to increased work opportunities.

Happier and More Confident -She is less likely to suffer depression, and has higher self-confidence and improved body image. She gains skills such as leadership, goal attainment, teamwork, and resilience. She makes friends and finds female role models.

"Teaching girls to fish" in these ways can be transformative for communities as a whole. When girls suffer, so does society; disease, illiteracy, birth rates, maternal mortality, and health costs soar. 

On the other hand, healthy, educated, successful girls pass these traits on to their children, and reinvest skills and capital in their communities. This is why authorities in the international development community agree: the fastest path to eradicating poverty is to help girls.

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For more information on the benefits of girls sports, refer to the research in this report by the Women's Sports Foundation.

 

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