Adolescent girls are less likely than their male counterparts to engage in the 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity recommended in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Girls’ activity levels have been found to drop by as much as 83% as they transition through adolescence. By age 18, the majority of girls engage in virtually no physical activity outside of gym class. As a result of this gender disparity, adolescent girls miss out on the physical, mental, and social benefits associated with regular physical activity. Game On, Girl! aims to help address this disparity by providing girls ages 11-13 with the opportunity to investigate a wide array of sports and ways to stay active, including basketball, piyo, ‘floor’ hockey, kickball, soccer, and more!
This 10-week, 20 session after school program is delivered by Fit4Kids staff and experienced community volunteers with the help of female collegiate athletes who provide support and mentorship to program participants. Based on the successful Girls in the Game model implemented in Chicago, IL, Baltimore, MD, Dallas, TX, and Bloomington, IL, Game On, Girl! infuses physical activity with socio-emotional skill building.
In conjunction with the launch of Game On, Girl!, Fit4Kids is also launching the Girls with Goals Leadership Academy. This unique program is open to 20 girls at a time, selected through an application and interview process. The girls are brought together monthly to engage in physical activity while developing leadership skills and learning to advocate for increased opportunities for girls to engage in sports and be physically active. Leadership Academy participants play an integral role in organizing the Game On, Girl! Summer Summit.
The Game On, Girl! Summer Summit is a 3-day camp for middle school and high school girls. The Summer Summit aims to incorporate a variety of traditional and nontraditional sports and physical activities, as well as leadership and health breakout sessions. The 2017 Game On, Girl! Summer Summit will be held at the University of Richmond.
If you’re a female collegiate or club athlete, trainer, or instructor interested in sharing your love for physical activity with middle school and high school girls, please contact Kayla-Brooke Dransfield at firstname.lastname@example.org.