I am a current high school math teacher, athlete, coach, mom of two girls, and a girl raised to believe I could play with anyone and do anything. I want for all girls to feel empowered and believe they can too with hard work (even failures along the way) and of course some fun.
So I invited girls in the community to come PLAY and show me what they CAN do…in their most favorite comfy clothes.
I could see how proud the girls were. So I got high school students involved as mentors.
I landed with hundreds of photos and so began My Strong is Beautiful because all girls have strength and beauty, inside and out, and in their own way.
You see, girls involved in sports and physical activity are:*
- More likely to lead a healthier life.
- Less likely to get into drugs and alcohol, or smoking.
- Less likely to get cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and other chronic diseases.
- Less likely to get pregnant as a teenager.
- Have lower rates of depression.
- Are more likely to get higher grades and more likely to graduate.
*Citation for the above bullets: Staurowsky, E. J., DeSousa, M. J., Miller, K. E., Sabo, D., Shakib, S., Theberge, N., Veliz, P., Weaver, A., & Williams, N. (2015). Her Life Depends On It III: Sport, Physical Activity, and the Health and Well-Being of American Girls and Women. East Meadow, NY: Women’s Sports Foundation.
Additionally, research by the EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW shows a background in sport improves leadership potential in women. More specifically, among senior business women in the C-suite, 94% played sports and over half played at a university level.