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Examiner
  • Girls gain much from athletics

  • “You play like a girl. You throw like a girl. You hit like a girl. You kick like a girl.” Those statements used to be demeaning, but not anymore.

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  • To the editor:
    “You play like a girl. You throw like a girl. You hit like a girl. You kick like a girl.” Those statements used to be demeaning, but not anymore. Girls everywhere have made it trendy to not only throw like a girl, but to run, field, and hit like one too.
    A lot of people think girls should take care of the house or do girly things like shopping, but physical activity is proven to have health benefits. For example, as little as four hours of exercise each week can reduce a girl’s risk of breast cancer by up to 60 percent. Also, teenage female athletes are less than half as likely to get pregnant as female non-athletes.
    Sports have a health benefit, that’s undeniable. But in addition, girls who participate in sports do better in school. Exercise improves learning, memory and concentration, which can give active girls an advantage when it comes to the classroom.
    You may not think sports teach girls more than just how to play the game, but sports are a metaphor for life. Girls who participate in sports learn valuable life lessons. By participating in sports, girls can learn teamwork, goal setting, time management and strategic thinking. These are crucial skills for success in the workplace.
    No longer is “You play like a girl” an insult, but a compliment because that means that she is healthier, has done better in school and has learned valuable life lessons.
     
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