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National Girls & Women in Sport Day – Why We Love Sports!
Today is National Girls and Women in Sport Day. At iSport360 we are excited to celebrate a day that supports girls and women in sport. We appreciate all of the lessons that girls learn from sports. We are grateful to all those that have come before us. Those individuals helped pave the way.
National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) began in 1987 as a special day in our nation’s Capital to recognize women’s sports. The day united premiere organizations and elite female athletes to bring national attention to the promise of girls and women in sports.
In 1987, NGWSD also served as a remembrance of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and dedication to promoting equality for women’s sports; Hyman died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986. NGWSD has since evolved into an event to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, the positive influence of sports participation and the continuing struggle for equality for women in sports. NGWSD is powered by the Women’s Sports Foundation, supported by its team of champion athletes and celebrated throughout the year by schools and community-serving organizations across all 50 states. Learn more here, and follow the hashtag #NGWSD2023 on social media.
What are some lessons we learn from sports?
Leadership Skills – there are so many but everyone on the team plays a leadership role, whether that is to increase the intensity in practice or to add humor to situations. All are valuable to a team.
Working with Others – there is no I in team! You must work collectively as 1 to move the train forward.
Being On Time – or as we say…run on Lombardi time (15 mins early)
Being Organized – when you are busy playing sports, the rest of your life has to be organized in a way to ensure that your duties to school, sport, home, etc get done.
Ability to manage ups and downs – sports have so many ups and downs, don’t dwell on the past but learn from it to move forward. And yes!…it is ok to fail and deal with adversity. Too many parents want to make things in life shiny and perfect, it is ok for your athlete to be sad, mad and glad. Those are all feelings to deal with.
What does it mean from us at iSport360?
Amy Masters, Head of Marketing, Coach and Former Collegiate Field Hockey Player
Playing youth sports has molded me into the person I am today. I am forever grateful for those that have come before me. And provided opportunities to play youth recreation softball, basketball and field hockey. Those early opportunities helped me get into college, play a collegiate level sport and learn so many life lessons. My goal for the past 10 years has been to pass the love of the game of field hockey on to others.
For more information on how iSport360 supports girls in sports, read our story here.
Learn more or request a demo of our youth sports software that is helping teams improve communication, organization and player development.