SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will celebrate women and girls in sports with a multisport event for girls ages 5 to 12 at Kezar Pavillion on Saturday, January 31st. In honor of National Girls and Women Sports Day 2015, this event brings girls together to participate in sports, including basketball, volleyball, golf, tennis, softball and soccer. The girls will be separated into age groups and rotate through each sport to learn the basics and have fun while meeting new coaches and friends. Parents may drop off their children at 9:00AM – 3:00PM or stay and be spectators. More than a hundred girls have signed up for the event.
“This is a great SF Rec and Park tradition that celebrates girls’ physical and mental strength,” said Phil Ginsburg, General Manger of SF Rec and Park. “Under the direction of our excellent staff, girls can build confidence in their ability as athletes.”
The National Girls and Women Sports Day 2015 is inspired by the Women’s Sports Foundation, and is organized by City Wide Girls Athletics, a division of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, administers sports programming for girls ages from 5 to 17. The Division helps girls to develop teamwork, mutual respect, etiquette, and self-esteem while building a foundation for their physical and emotional growth.
“I applaud Rec and Park for hosting this extravaganza and celebrating women in sports,” said Anne Warner Cribbs. “I know firsthand how important good coaches and good athletic experiences are in building confident, well-rounded kids.”
In fact, according to Women’s Sports Foundation, a recent report, “Her Life Depends On It”, is the most comprehensive compilation of research to date about the impact of physical activity on the physical, psychological and cultural health of girls. The report points to physical activity and sports as fundamental solutions for many of the serious health and social problems faced by girls. These include obesity, heart disease, substance abuse, teen pregnancy and depression – which accounts for much of the more than $1 trillion spent on health care for treating these disease. For more information, please visit http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/home/research/articles-and-reports/mental-and-physical-health/her-life-depends-on-it.
About Anne Warner Cribbs: Anne Warner Cribbs represented the United States at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy where she swam for the gold medal-winning U.S. team in women’s 4×100-meter medley relay and competed in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke. A Bay Area native, Cribbs remains very involved in sports and most recently chaired the Bay Area’s Olympic Bid.
About the Women’s Sports Foundation:
Founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King, the Women’s Sports Foundation is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.