Go Out and Play: Women’s Sports Foundation Releases Youth Study Results

Go Out and Play from Womens Sports on Vimeo.

Go Out and Play: Youth Sports in America (2:54)

Go Out and Play: Youth Sports in America is an exhaustive survey commissioned by the Women’s Sports Foundation that studied of children’s participation in sports and exercise. The central focus is on how the intersections among families, schools and communities are related to children’s involvement and interest in athletics and physical activity. Key findings include:

  • Interest in Sports and Exercise Among Girls and Boys Is About Opportunity and Encouragement, Not Biology
  • Girls Now Take Part in a Wider Array of Sports and Exercise Activities than Boys
  • Boys in Immigrant Families Are More Likely than Girls to Play Sports

The report confirms that sports are a resource for U.S. children as well as their families. Children’s athletic participation was associated with higher levels of family satisfaction. Sports and physical activity were also linked with improved physical and emotional health, academic achievement and quality of life for children.

Read the Full Report.

Video added to Vimeo: October 8, 2008

Salute to Women in Sports: The Women’s Sports Foundation’s 2008 Annual Salute to Women in Sports was held in New York City on October 14.

Four awards were accepted in the following categories:

  • Sportswoman of the Year (Individual): Nastia Liukin
  • Sportswoman of the Year (Team): Jessica Mendoza
  • Wilma Rudolph Courage Award: Patience Knight (This award is presented to a female athlete who exhibits extraordinary courage in her athletic performance and demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity)
  • Billie Jean King Contribution Award: Women’s Tennis Association (This award is presented to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the development and advancement of women’s sports in general and to the Women’s Sports Foundation specifically)

New Video: The Women’s Sports Foundation has a new “About Us” video on YouTube. The theme of the video is based summed up in its first few lines, “These are the simple sounds of sports. But for so many girls and women, these are the sounds of so much more.”

About the Women’s Sports Foundation (4:51)

Video added to YouTube: September 12, 2008