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Support Women's Sports at All Playing Levels

(Reprint courtesy of the Women's Sports Foundation.)

You can be a leader in supporting women's amateur and professional sports. Change happens one person at a time, one action at a time. You can make a difference by doing the following:

Youth and Middle School

Have your daughter pick her favorite women's team and follow them with her throughout the season. Check out the team's web site regularly. (No excuses about women's games not being shown on TV!)

  1. Help start up a girl's team. Begin by discussing the idea with your school's athletic director or physical education teacher. Would the school fund the team (remember Title IX's requirements)? Or you can always go to your town or city recreation department. And you can also recruit players, post up flyers, or get a sign up sheet going.
  2. Sign your daughter up at the local recreation department.


College and High school

  1. Volunteer- be a score keeper/ usher a sports event.
  2. Ask your friends to spread the word about your games.
  3. Give a sports clinic to elementary and/or middle schools, church groups, etc.
  4. Get together with your friends, have a pizza and watch women’s sporting events on television together.
  5. Attend other women’s sporting events with friends or with your team.
  6. Assist a trainer, coach or athletic director.
  7. Become a sports camp counselor. Contact your local recreation department or visit http://www.girlssportscamps.com to find one in your home town.


Professional

  1. Buy a season ticket or chip in with several people to buy one and share it throughout the season. Find game schedules and get ticket information in the "more" section below.
  2. If a retail store isn't carrying licensed merchandise for your favorite women's sports team, write to them to tell them you want to purchase this product.
  3. When you go to a women's sports event, always take a friend. Introduce others to the excitement of women's sports. Help grow the fan base!


Grassroots

  1. Establish a WSF Community Action Program in your neighborhood. See link below.
  2. Log on to www.ywca.org, www.girlscouts.org, or www.bgca.org to find out how you can get involved in your local community.
  3. Volunteer your time and work with your local Girl Scout and Brownie troops to organize sporting events.
  4. Start a Big Sister/Little Sister Athletic Club that pairs younger girls with older girls. Younger girls can practice with her big sister.
  5. Find out if there is a "Soccer in the Streets" program in your area that you can get involved with. SITS is a non-profit agency that develops soccer, education and life-skill programs for disadvantaged youth. Visit www.sits.org for more info or call (770)-477-0354.
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