Did you know that on average girls are:
-19% less active than boys
-have 18% lower levels of cardio fitness
-44% lower levels of hand-eye coordination and
-9% lower competence in physical education class?
By age 14, girls are dropping out of sports at two times the rate of boys.
Why are they dropping out?
1. Lack of Access- Girls have 1.3 million fewer opportunities to place school sports than boys have!
2. Safety & Transportation- Sports require a place to participate – and for many girls, especially in dense urban environments, that means traveling to facilities through unsafe neighborhoods or lacking any means to get to a good facility miles away.
3. Social Stigma- Despite recent progress, discrimination based on the real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity of female athletes persists. Girls in sports may experience bullying, social isolation, negative performance evaluations, or the loss of their starting position. During socially fragile adolescence, the fear of being tagged “gay” is strong enough to push many girls out of the game.
4. Decreased quality of experience- As girls grow up, the quality level of their sports experience may decline. The facilities are not as good as the boys’ venues and the playing times may not be optimal. The availability of quality, trained coaches may be lacking in their community or these coaches may be more focused on the boys’ programs that have more money for training. Equipment, and even uniforms aren’t funded for many girls’ programs at the same levels as boys so their ability to grow and enjoy the sport is diminished.
5. Cost- School sports budgets are being slashed every day, all across the country. Fewer opportunities within schools mean families must pay to play in private programs while also footing the bill for expensive coaches, equipment and out-of-pocket travel requirements. This additional expense is just not possible for many families.
6. Lack of positive role models- Today’s girls are bombarded with images of external beauty, not those of confident, strong female athletic role models. To some girls, fitting within the mold that they are constantly told to stay in is more important than standing out. Peer pressure can be hard for girls at any age; when that pressure isn’t offset with strong encouragement to participate in sports and healthy physical activity, the results may lead girls to drop out altogether.
HELP US CHANGE THAT!
Through community based fitness and sports programs as well as after-school programs, Philly Girls in Motion is committed to giving girls an opportunity to exercise and learn new sports in a safe, supportive environment with quality, professional instruction. PGiM also delivers curriculum from the WSF and CHOP’s Healthy Weight Program to encourage confidence, healthy choices, and positive self-image.
In just 5 full program years, PGiM has grown from an organization with programs in one school and one rec center serving 50 girls, to an organization that serves 1,000 girls a year in four schools, a community center and at local Universities. Your donation would allow for Philly Girls in Motion to expand its programming to reach even more underserved girls in the City of Philadelphia. Help us create a healthier generation of young women!