Girls and women who play sports have a more positive body image and experience higher states of psychological well-being than girls and women who do not play sports (womenssportsfoundation.org)
Some researchers suggest that some aspects of sports participation may actually buffer girls against disordered eating, such as increased self-esteem, positive body image or (in some sports) an emphasis on mass and power rather than on a feminine aesthetic of thinness or fragility (Fulkerson et al, 1999; Hausenblas and Downs, 2001; Mosley, 1997; Rhea, 1999; Taub and Blinde, 1992)
One study followed a nationwide sample of 11,683 high school students between their sophomore (1980) and senior years (1982). Compared to female non-athletes, female athletes reported greater access to and more positive attitudes toward science and math courses (Hanson and Kraus, 1998)
As little as four hours of exercise a week may reduce a teenage girl's risk of breast cancer by up to 60%; breast cancer is a disease that afflicts one out of every eight American women (Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 1994)
Weight management, a healthy diet and regular physical activity can help to prevent about one-third of cancer cases (Willett, 2003)
Sport is where boys have traditionally learned about teamwork, goal-setting, the pursuit of excellence in performance and other achievement-oriented behaviors--critical skills necessary for the success in the workplace. In an economic environment where the quality of our children's lives will be dependent on two-income families, our daughters cannot be less prepared for the highly competitive workplace than our sons. It is no accident that 80% of the female executives at Fortune 500 companies identified themselves as former "tomboys" -having played sports. (womenssportsfoundation.org)
Girls Reclaiming Revolutionary Recreational Learning (GRRRL) is a non-profit girls' sports camp empowering girls ages 6-12, of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds through sports and movement, as well as health, leadership, and social justice education.