Keep Playing #LikeAGirl

I have four children, two girls and two boys, each very different. Over the years I have seen and heard many parents and their comments when it comes to girls and sports. Some I agree with and some I do not. Bottom line is this, sports are good for all children. Being active helps with their health and being part of a team can prepare them for the future.

Since my youngest girl has two older brothers who encourage her and play catch with her daily, she has the confidence to do whatever her heart desires. She sets her mind to something and tries her best until she succeeds at her goal. This makes me so happy! I have seen teen girls who have been involved in competitive sports and they are amazing. The girls I know are supportive of their friends, goal oriented, positive and they succeed at all they set their mind to. The confidence that girls can gain from playing sports as young girls will carry on with them into their adult lives. I look forward to seeing which events and teams my daughter decides she wants to focus on. Right now running and swimming seem to be her passion.

Sadly not all girls have this encouragement or support.

I hope to help change this. With the Olympics just behind us, we saw some AMAZING female athletes in the spotlight, especially here in Canada. I watched them with my girls and we talked openly about how girls can do whatever their heart desires. Parents, family, friends and coaches need to get behind these girls and show them they do not need to give up.

Play Like a Girl

Always has been a big supporter of female athletes for over 30 years with their #LikeaGirl campaign globally. By the end of puberty, more than half of girls will quit sports. Having a supportive network to be there and cheer them on is important to encourage them to keep playing.

Encourage the girls in your life to follow their dreams and not give up! The term “Like a girl” should be empowering, encouraging and help young girls realize their potential. It is not an insult to do anything like a girl! Girls are strong, fierce and focused just like boys.

Always is on a mission to help stop the drop in confidence among girls and wants everyone to show the world how they Keep Playing #LikeAGirl by sharing their story, an image, video, etc. and encouraging everyone to do the same.

What can you do?

Share in the comments below or on your social media what you or a girl in life is doing Like a Girl with the #LikeAGirl hashtag. Share the posts you see with the young girls in your life to help them see they can do anything they set their mind to.

Like A Girl

Canadian soccer star Stephanie Labbé is partnering with Always #LikeAGirl to share her own story and encourage girls to keep playing sports. “I was cut from a team once and I know how disheartening it can be, but it also taught me to work harder and made me even more determined to prove myself,” said Labbé. “If I hadn’t kept playing, I wouldn’t have the confidence that I have today. I’m so proud to be partnering with Always to support the Always #LikeAGirl campaign and help inspire girls to stay in sports and stay confident through puberty and beyond.”

How do you keep playing #LikeAGirl?

 

disclosure-This post has been compensated, all opinions are my own

 

Comments

  1. My family are all boys, but the concept of this is not lost on me. I did sports for quite a while but I didn’t after high school. It was my choice and I was fine with that but I think every child should have the opportunity to play sports no matter how old they are.

  2. We always encourage our girls to be active and never limit their abilities. Love that this campaign empowers all kids.

  3. No matter what my daughter chooses to pursue sports-wise I will always encourage and support her. I love that Always has this campaign to promote playing #LikeAGirl.

  4. I hope my little girl will grow up wanting to participate in sports! But if not, I’ll support her with all of her endeavors!

  5. I think this is great. It’s so important to encourage girls to be able to participate in sports. My girls are not in any yet, but I hope that they will in the next few years.

  6. I think I’ve always played like a girl and proud to say so. I use to not be afraid of doing/trying to do anything. If it was a challenge, I would hit it straight on. Now that I’m older and life experiences have hit me hard, I’m a bit cautionary. My granddaughter however… she’s a corker and will conquer life brilliantly!

  7. This is amazing! Encouraging girls to participate is sports is becoming a big movement. My hubby and I encourage our daughters to be active and play the sports the enjoy the most.

  8. My parents always encouraged me to do my best. I think all children should be encouraged, and girls need to know they can do anything they set their mind to.

  9. Reesa Lewandowski says

    I played sports when I was younger but was never really pushed to pursue them. Now I give both my kids all the encouragement they need to play on.

  10. It is so important to teach our kids their gender does not define what they can do. I have always encouraged my kids to try new things.

  11. Love that you encourage your girl to play. I love it when my daughter says what he wants. And I always support her with whatever she’s up to!

  12. This is such a great campaign to encourage young girls to keep doing what they love. I will always support my children as they follow their dreams.

  13. I don’t have a daughter but love the campaign! It’s great to empower girls!

  14. Love this! It’s soo important girls be encouraged. I like to box, personally, and enjoy getting my own girls in the gym with me. We have 3 girls all together and in our house there “like a girl” is a compliment. 🙂

  15. I have four brothers and a sister and we had so many neighborhood pick-up games for just about every sport. I totally grew up active!

  16. I really love this campaign- what a great message! I think it’s so important to get girls involved in sports.

  17. I remember how hard sports where that time of the month. Dealing with cramps during a race is hard.

  18. That 51% will quit statistic really makes me sad. My daughters are both involved in sports (one of them plays 2 sports) and I would hate for that to be true for them. We try hard to encourage them every way that we can and show them women at the top of the sport (US Women’s Soccer Team, Olympians, etc) to show them that you shouldn’t give up. I just love this campaign and all it stands for!

  19. I have all boys, but we talk all the time about how girls can play sports just as well as boys. They play on a co-ed soccer team and it’s nice to see them all out there together.

  20. I *LOVE* this campaign! It will stay with me forever that I was actually *denied* the chance to play hockey when I was young, simply because I was a girl. I come from generations of hockey players, many of which wound up in the NHL (before players were paid to play, lol.) My parents were willing to cover all the incredible fees involved with this sport, but that didn’t matter. Nine years later, my sister was one of the very first girls allowed to play hockey in our town and I was proud to watch her kick butt as a Forward every moment she hit the ice (in a male-predominant league.) I stayed in sports (figure skating, and swimming mostly) until I was 22, but then had to choose between staying in varsity or concentrate on my school and the PT work I needed to pay for it. So happy that times have changed for our girls! #PlayLikeAGirl is a badge of honour to be honest.

  21. now this is amazing. totally awesome campaign and what a way to built self esteem.

  22. Its harder in a small town where you don’t have enough girls in an age category to even make up a team.

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