Why are girls dropping out of sports? Why do they need to stay in?
Historically, society has had a perception that sports are an interest for males only. As a result many girls are missing out on sports and the opportunity to learn from team-building, making life-long friends, and developing both mentally and physically in healthy ways. Society is starting to change slowly. The 2012 Olympics was the first Olympics that females participated from all countries and in every sport event. It wasn’t until the 1900’s that the first female Olympic athlete participated in a sport. Today, in high school or college there is still a lack of physical education so girls have to look other places where it is more expensive or is not close/convenient to their community. Girls have 1.3 million fewer opportunity’s to play sports in high school than boys have.
Some girls who play sports around the age of 14 get bullied out of doing sports. Girls also choose to drop out of sports because they get pushed into thinking that girls who play sports aren’t pretty and perfect. Sometimes they get tagged as rude things. When girls are flipping through magazines they tend to see pictures of the tall slim women who are photo shopped to portray a perfect and pretty image. That changes their minds to thinking that is what a girl looks like, so you can’t do sports if you want to look like that. They want to be pretty and prefect, which is what “girls who don’t believe in sports”say. We need to get out and play some sports!
At the end of the day, we need to realize that it is important to stay in sports. “Through sports kids and young adults learn very important life lessons. Some of these include teamwork, sharing, inclusiveness, team building skills and so on.” Said Madeline Skeans. “The lessons you learn on what ever playing field you choose will stay with you forever. Sports will teach you to be strong, move, motivate each other and stand tall with strength. KEEP PLAYING” said Serena Williams.
As a society we need to support girls and give them reasons to stay in sports as they go through there adolescent years. We need to make more options for girls to be able to participate. As a society we need to change our perception to thinking that sports are for girls and boys. Girls keep on playing and keep on fighting! A cool website/ resource that you can go to is fastandfemale.com there are lots of different programs that you can sign up for and information to learn from.
Fawcett News Network
A collection of news articles written by students of 6.1 and 6.2