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Legal Aid’s Fair Play Project Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day

by Legal Aid At Work. Originally published here.

February 7, 2018 marks the 32nd Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, coinciding with the opening of the Winter Olympic Games on February 9, 2018. Fair Play for Girls in Sports, a project of Legal Aid at Work, celebrates by noting the amazing accomplishments of female Olympians, many of whom would not be competing but for Title IX. The 1972 law requiring gender equity in federally-funded K-12 schools, colleges, and universities paved the way for many American girls and woman to become great athletes and continues to spur educational institutions to treat girls and women equally to create a truly level playing field. 

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Meet Dahlia, the Oakland Lacrosse Player of the Month 

by Dahlia, Lacrosse Player at Oakland Lacrosse Club. Originally published here.

Oakland Lacrosse launched a strategic initiative to implement our holistic program at every Oakland public middle school. Dahlia joined our program about four weeks ago. Last week we had the opportunity to interview Dahlia about her OLC experience:

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2016 Summer Highlight: Camp Nicaragua

by Coach Bre, Shannon, and the SF Sol Coaches at Girls Leading Girls

The week of June 19, nine SF Sol players, two mothers, and three coaches jumped on a red eye flight headed to Leon, Nicaragua, where we spent a week running soccer camp sessions for over 30 girls in the nearby rural village of Goyena. The girls jumped right in during soccer camp sessions to help equip their Nicaraguan sisters with new soccer skills. It was something special to see the American girls and Nicaraguan girls interact so easily and make instant connections on the soccer field.

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Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley Volunteer Spotlight

by Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley

Heart & Sole coach Abby Lopes (pictured right) at the 2015 Girls on the Run 5K.Heart & Sole coach Abby Lopes (pictured right) at the 2015 Girls on the Run 5K.

Volunteers are the backbone of Girls on the Run! To highlight their efforts, we spotlight a different Girls on the Run volunteer each month. This month's superstar volunteer: Abby Lopes, a three-year Heart & Sole coach at Sheppard Middle School in San Jose (Heart & Sole is our Girls on the Run middle school program).

Check out the interview with Abby below!


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Sexism, the Olympics, and What it REALLY Means to Admire a Woman's Body

by Naomi Katz, founder and director of the Beautiful Project. Originally posted on The Beautiful Project on August 18, 2016

At this moment in time, there are no teen girl heroes greater than the members of the US women's gymnastics team. They are absolutely DOMINATING the Olympics but yet somehow commentators are saying that they look like they “might as well be standing in the middle of a mall.” Seriously?

These Olympics have seen ample coverage that looks critically at the language used to talk about women athletes. People are outraged that Katie Ledecky is the “female Michael Phelps,” Corey Codgell is the “wife of a Bears' lineman,” Katinka Hozzsu's husband is “the man responsible” for her success. In “She's old, for a woman” (LA Times, August 11, 2016), Julie Makinen takes a very sharp look at these comments including when a “presenter asked Angolan handball star ‎Teresa "Ba" Almeida ...whether she preferred to get thinner or have a medal.” I mean, really.

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Q&A with Vanessa Miller

Interview with Vanessa Miller, a 7th grader participating in Girls Leading Girls and its girls' competitive soccer club, SF Sol. She recently placed first at the December 5K hosted by Girls On The Run Bay Area.

How long have you been with Girls Leading Girls?

"I have been with girls leading girls for about 1/2 a year."

What do you get to do there? What do you like most about it?

"SF Sol is a soccer team that has leadership classes as well. I get to play and develop my soccer skills and this summer we're going to go to Nicaragua on a service trip. I like my coaches, and everyone on the team is really nice."







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Gender Equity in School & Community Sports

by Molly Frandsen, Law Clerk at Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center


Over the past summer, I worked with Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center’s ("LAS-ELC”) Fair Play for Girls In Sports project, and created an informational video on girls’ rights to gender equity in school and community sports.  This video project was generously supported by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (“WLALA”).

Fair Play for Girls in Sports works to ensure girls in grades K-12, particularly girls of color and those in low-income areas, have equal opportunities to participate in school and community sports and reap the lifelong rewards of athletic involvement. Studies show that girls who participate in sports maintain higher confidence and self-esteem. They receive better grades and are significantly more likely to graduate compared with girls who do not play sports. Once in the workforce, on average, girls who participate in athletics in high school earn 7% more. The opportunity to participate in athletics is thus critically important to a girl’s future economic success.




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