Girls and women in sports face many challenges in sport participation. Girls in Boston have only one opportunity to play sports for every two opportunities that are available to boys. Girls from marginalized groups – girls of color, girls with disabilities, and immigrant girls – have even fewer opportunities available to them. Play equity gaps quickly become health equity gaps, leaving girls at a higher risk of leading unhealthy lives and increasing the chances for the onset of mental health disorders like depression and anxiety.
Through Boston Scores, girls at Boston Public Schools can join a free soccer team at their school sites. Qualified coach-mentors use teachable moments on the soccer field to build social-emotional tools that girls can apply in the classroom and beyond. Girls experience the benefits of physical activity, positive relationships with peers and coach-mentors, and emerge empowered to make positive changes in their lives and in their communities.
Role models are of invaluable importance to girls. Please support Boston Scores on National Girls & Women in Sports Day and help girls develop valuable life skills through soccer-based afterschool programs.