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Women's Sports Foundation

Can you believe that back in the '70s, only 1 in 27 girls played sports? Today, that number has changed to 1 in 2.5, thanks to a super cool organization called the Women's Sports Foundation. Check out who they are and what they do!

Women's Sports Foundation - You Go, Girl!

Billie Jean King is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players and female athletes in history. She was a Wimbledon star, winning women's singles six times, doubles 10 times and mixed doubles four times. She even beat Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" showdown in 1973, proving to the world that women were an athletic force to be reckoned with. To continue her fight for gender equality in sports, she founded the Women's Sports Foundation. It's the only US organization dedicated to helping girls of all ages get involved in sports and physical activity!

Women's Sports Foundation - Women in Sports

Research shows that active girls are more confident and deal better with the social pressures of girlhood. With that in mind, the Women's Sports Foundation helps give girls equal opportunities on the playing field. They even financially helped athletes like Picabo Street, Kerri Strug and Kristi Yamaguchi to compete at the early stages of their careers before they became champs. The Women's Sports Foundation also gets champion female athletes to speak out on the importance of fitness and being healthy, positive role models - way to go!

Women's Sports Foundation - Fast Facts

  • On April 4, 1896, the first women's intercollegiate b-ball game was held in Berkeley, CA.
  • In 1964, volleyball was introduced as the first team sport for women in the Olympic Games.
  • In 1969, Penny Ann Early became the first woman to play professional basketball.
  • In 1976, the first Olympic competition in women's basketball was held in Montreal.
  • In 1992, Manon Rheaume became the first woman to play in any NHL game. She tended goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning in an exhibition game vs. St. Louis and made seven saves in a period.
  • In September 1999, Serena Williams became the first African-American woman since Althea Gibson in 1958 to win the U.S. Open Singles Championship.

Help the Women's Sports Foundation get a girl going! Their goal is to get 1 million girls aged 8-18 physically active over the next three years. Join their GoGirlGo! campaign and improve your health and wellness!

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Alexis7343
Alexis7343 posted in Friends:
Yes, both online and in person. It sucks when they say i did it its just they bullied me and I got back at them just 10x harder! I'm a nice person but I can be a real stuck up B!^** if you wanna mess with me. If I get back at you your gonna get it bad.
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GlimmeringSky16
Not really throughout my life but I guess since bullying is repeated teasing, once in fifth grade these kids made up the joke that my name(Su for those you that don't know) stood for StupidUgly, which I mean wasn't THAT bad but I was like what, 10 xD I mean I let it roll off but did end up crying in the shower once. My mom caught me and made me explain everything and made it better. So really, instead of hiding it I recommend talking to an adult about it if you're ever bullied, even tho keeping it a secret may seem like a good idea.  Ever since then I've never been bullied. I'm thankful fo that c;
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ha1l13
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YEs I have been bullied. A lot. People who I think are my friends are back stabbers. They suddenly just like turn on me. I've had rumoursspread about me and I was so sad. I hated being bullied. But the best thing to do if you are being bullied is to hold your head high and not cry. Because if you show a single tear that is what the bully wants And it will take you as an easy target and will bully you more and more and more and more. And bullies won't stop until you stand up to them.
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insanity_ws
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I've been bullied and teased before. Honesty a bullies opinion means no more than anyone else's opinion does so pay them no mind.
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DisneyanimeLover
I've been bullied. I've been teased. But, you really shouldn't pay attention to bullies. If you compare them to everybody I'm the world, they're one tiny thing, so why should their opinion matter?
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