My daughter Payton is 14. By her age, girls drop out of sports at twice the rate of boys. This is due to lack of accessibility and resources to continue playing sports. Though Payton has had the family resources to play, the lack of investment in girls' sports made the road to her dream to play softball in high school harder.
Payton started playing softball "late" — watching her brothers play baseball and cheering them on at games, she caught the bug at age 11 and wanted to play in North Portland Little League, not unlike a little girl named Nova (her +mom) who caught the bug at 9 years old in the 4th grade. In order for her to play softball at age 11, her dad (who serves on the Little League Board) and I spent many hours and days recruiting players to field a complete team and locate a coach (we were already coaching baseball).
My husband and I are two connected parents who know the baseball and softball landscape well. Our daughter almost didn't get the chance to play softball. We were able to navigate the labyrinth to help her find a team to play on once she aged out of Little League and work towards her goal of playing on her high school team. She reached that goal this past year and I just got to watch her play her final game of her Freshman season...a season that almost never was and not just because of the pandemic.
This could happen to your daughter or your friend's daughter or a neighbor's daughter or a daughter in the community next to yours.
It's not okay for girls' sports to be hard to access, especially for beginners for whom a private, club team is not an appropriate nor affordable, accessible option.
For all the girls who have to stop playing sports early or never get to start, Payton and I have decided to Rock the Boat and ask you to help us raise $1000 to launch Friends of Baseball's Full Count RBI: Girls Lead program this summer.
This new program is rolling out curriculum dedicated to promoting self-confidence, high self-esteem, and self-expression in our girls; teaching them that they can face any challenge on and off the field by being unafraid to rock the boat and lead.
Are you ready to step up to the plate for our girls? #RocktheBoat with FOB and donate today!
To show our appreciation for your support, we have levels of donations that come with rewards listed below:
$25: Pays for a glove for a Full Count RBI Girls Lead participant
Reward: Rock the Boat sticker and Full Count RBI Activity Book
$100: Pays for the kit and supplies for 1 girl to participate in Full Count RBI Girls Lead
Reward: Rock the Boat sticker, Full Count RBI Activity Book, Rock the Boat reusable tote, 1 invite to Rock the Boat Cocktail Class
$250: Pays for an honorarium for a guest trainer to provide skill development and leadership training for Full Count RBI Girls Lead
Reward: Rock the Boat sticker, Full Count RBI Activity Book, Rock the Boat reusable tote, 3 invites to the Rock the Boat Cocktail Class
$500: Pays for the training of 1 high school fellow to serve as a mentor during the Full Count RBI Girls Lead softball Summer Institute
Reward: Rock the Boat sticker, Rock the Boat reusable tote, 5 invites to the Rock the Boat Cocktail Class, named sponsor of Girls Lead: Play Ball Event in Spring 2022