Participation in sports not only supports the physical and emotional well-being of girls, but it has also been shown to help young women grow into powerful leaders.
- Girls participation in high school sports has increased every year for 28 consecutive years, reaching a high of 3,400,297 in 2017.
- Girls who play sports have greater social and economic mobility, perform better in school and are less likely to use drugs.
- On average, female athletes are more likely to have a positive body image and less likely to consider themselves overweight than female nonathletes.
- Girls participating in three or more sports per year are more likely to have high scores on body-esteem measurements at all grade levels.
- 74% of respondents say a background in sports can help accelerate a woman’s career.
- 75% believe that competitiveness is an asset to their leadership style in the workplace.
- 94% of women in the C-suite played sports.
- 52% of C-suite women played sports at the university level, compared with 39% of women at other management levels.
- 80% of Fortune 500 female executives played sports in their earlier years.