Back to school also means back to sports at our house. School sports has been a great way for my oldest daughter to find her strengths, confidence and develop her leadership skills. As she enters High School I know she will stick with sports as they are a huge part of who she is. I am hopeful our schools are not like the many across Canada that cater more to the boys’ needs. Sadly, I am already noticing some differences with the girls in hockey. Subtle differences like better ice times and the “more experienced referees” for the boys’ hockey teams and it does not go unnoticed by the girls.
Having two active girls in extracurricular activities and a fierce love of sport, statistics like these concern me.
- Three-quarters (72%) of Canadian girls say they are unable to participate to their full potential in high school sports.
- Nearly half (48%) say boys have more choices when it comes to high school sports.
Playtex Sport wants to help Canadian girls stay in sports with the Play On Grant Program (totaling up to $50,000 CAN; up to $5,000 CAN per team). What a difference that can make!
If you think your school would benefit fill out an application at http://www.playtexplayon.ca/. You have until October 31st, 2016 to get your grant application in. Here is a quick video that shows how a grant can help your High School girls Play On!
Off and running:
Charles P. Allen High School in Bedford, Nova Scotia started a run club for girls. As it was not a traditional sports program, financial support for the club was limited. Playtex® Sport® covered the cost of transportation for the club to the Lunenburg World Heritage Site 5K Road Race and Muffin Festival and supplied new running gear.
“We should encourage all students – not just those who are athletically gifted – to stay involved in sports. Our school created a run club for girls who wanted a welcoming atmosphere to enjoy sports and the benefits of being physically active. The grant allowed us to provide the club with top of the line running gear and enter a 5km race. It was a great way to encourage the girls in the club. Not every high school athlete’s goal is to be a pro athlete. Some of our students just want to enjoy the many benefits of participating in sports. We need to encourage that,” said
Jodie Joudrey, athletic director of Charles P. Allen.
Bump, set, surprise!:
The senior varsity volleyball team at Cochrane High School in Cochrane, Alberta felt the girl’s locker facilities at their school could be improved as a sign of support for girls’ athletics. Playtex® Sport® surprised the team with a locker room revamp and new team uniforms.
“Our school has a very strong boy’s football program. Players get to travel and have the opportunity to attend special classes and events. Those involved in the football program have done an incredible job creating these opportunities for our male students. It’s time to focus on building something special for the female athletes too. The revamped change room and uniforms are a great way to demonstrate a commitment to quality athletics for the girls at our school,” said Esther Sieben, volleyball, and track and field coach at Cochrane High School.
Here is a handy handbook to share with your daughter Playtex Sport – Mom’s Period Playbook.