Rec and Park Hosts Free Sports Clinic for Girls This Saturday

Friday, January 28, 2011

Event Celebrates 25th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day

SAN FRANCISCO– In honor of this year’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will host a free, all-day sports clinic this Saturday, January 29, 2011, for girls, ages 5-12.

The clinic will be held at Kezar Pavilion and Stadium, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Participants will learn basic skills in a variety of sports, including basketball, golf, volleyball and track and field, and will also have the opportunity to meet and speak with local coaches and fellow athletes.

“Working my way to a black belt in Tae Kwon Do gave me incredible confidence as a teenager, and helped shape the young woman that I became,” said District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim. “Studies show that girls who are given opportunities to excel in sports develop higher self-esteem, better work ethics and increased academic success. I challenge the young women of San Francisco to play, believe and achieve – and bring a sister or a friend!”

February 2 marks the 25th anniversary of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, which honors the achievements of girls and women in sports and highlights the advancements that have occurred since the enactment of Title IX of the Education Amendments in 1972.

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs, including sports programs. Since its enactment, female participation in organized sports has increased dramatically. The number of female college athletes has jumped from 31,852, in 1972, to more than 150,000 today. High school girl participation jumped from fewer than 300,000 in 1972 to more than 2.78 million today.

“Clearly, given more and more opportunities to learn and play sports, girls and women continue to prove than they are some of the finest athletes around,” said Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the Recreation and Park Department. “We are proud of the fact that Rec and Park has offered and continues to offer quality and accessible sports programs to girls.”

Contact: Elton Pon
Phone: 415-831-2782
E-Mail: elton.pon@sfgov.org

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