The Dallas Sidekicks are proud to announce a one day soccer clinic in conjunction with the organization, Play Like A Girl (http://iplaylikeagirl.org). Showcasing the power of active play, physical activity and sports to improve overall health and quality of life for girls. The January 30th #PlayLikeAGirl Soccer Clinic will coincide with the Sidekicks’ home game against the Soles De Sonora. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for kids to get hands on training from professional players on the field.
The #PlayLikeAGirl campaign focuses on the power of “play” both on and off the field to improve health and help girls unleash their greatest potential with skills sessions from Dallas Sidekicks professionals followed by a healthy post camp dinner. Camp includes a camp t-shirt, a full set of Dallas Sidekicks player trading cards and one ticket to that night’s game against Soles De Sonora. Register now for only $35 online at sportygirlssoccer.eventbrite.com. Play Like A Girl!® is a non-profit organization inspiring girls everywhere to live happier and healthier by promoting physical activity as a path to lifelong success.
The great thing about getting kids active is that organizations like #PlayLikeAGirl draw inspiration from Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game recently released by the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nike, ESPN, the Clinton Foundation and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The report outlines a national plan to re-imagine organized youth sports, prioritizing health and inclusion, while recognizing the benefits of unstructured play. The report presents the most promising opportunities to extend the benefits of playing sports to all, including the millions of girls who grow up with limited access to regular physical activity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites physical inactivity and obesity as risk factors for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and depression. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Nearly one in three children and adolescents today is overweight or obese. Physical inactivity contributes to the epidemic and is passed forward across generations, creating a cycle of poor physical and emotional health and tragically wasted human potential. By 2030, the combined medical costs associated with treating preventable, obesity-related disease is expected to increase by up to $66 billion per year in the United States, with a loss in economic productivity of up to $580 billion annually.
Childhood is the ideal time to create habits that establish a healthy weight, and participation in after-school physical activity programs–like those provided by Play Like A Girl–hold the most promise in reducing obesity rates among children ages 6-12, according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. This is especially true for African-American and Hispanic girls who are doubly hit by both gender and race disparities in sports and physical activity.
Play Like A Girl has been inspiring girls through health education, physical activity and sports for over 10 years, targeting girls across the 16 Deep South states where the burden of childhood overweight and obesity is greatest. With this new campaign, Play Like A Girl continues to provide girls the opportunity to find and play sports they love. Check out event flyer for more information.