Girls Inc. aims to make sports an integral part of girls’ lives and recognizes that girls have much to gain by early and sustained participation in sports.
Although the number of female athletes is growing, too many girls still sit on the sidelines watching boys slam dunk or sprint toward the finish line. As spectators they miss the chance to develop skills that will help them succeed and habits that can keep them healthy:
Children ages 9 and 10 who participate in sports rate higher on perceived physical competence and general self worth than those who don’t do sports.
In a study of high school students, young women who participated in sports were 40 percent less likely to drop out of high school and 33 percent less likely to become teen mothers than their non-athletic counterparts. Young women who participated in sports were also less likely to have smoked cigarettes than those who were not doing sports.
Research shows that adolescent girls who exercise regularly can reduce their risk for obesity, coronary heart disease and osteoporosis.
Girls who are athletes in high school are more likely to have higher grades and standardized test scores, and are less likely to drop out of school and more likely to attend college.
Girls Inc. participate in the YMCA Volleyball and Basketball leagues. We have a paid coach on staff along with volunteers to coach our teams. Girls practice two nights a week at Girls Inc. with games on Saturday at the YMCA. Teams are divided by grade-3rd-5th and 6th-8th grade. Volleyball is offered in the Spring and Fall, and basketball is offered during the Winter. There is an additional fee of $15 per sport.
Dance provides youth with developmental benefits and unique learning opportunities. Girls will gain freedom to express themselves, gain confidence, build athletic resilience and learn to participate as a group. Types of Dance classes vary from Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz and Tab. Classes are taught in two sessions; September through December-with a performance in December and January through May- with a performance in May. There is an additional fee of $15 per session.