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Girls and Athletics*
High school girls who play sports are less likely than non-participants to experience unwanted pregnancies; less likely to use drugs; less likely to smoke; less likely to be suicidal; more likely to get better grades in school; and more likely to graduate than girls who do not play sports.

Girls and women who play sports have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem and lower levels of depression.

Girls and women who play sports have a more positive body image and experience higher states of psychological well-being than girls and women who do not play sports.

Sports help prepare girls for the highly competitive workplace. Eight percent of female executives at Fortune 500 companies report having played in sports in school.

As little as four hours of exercise a week may reduce a teenage girl’s risk of breast cancer by up to 60%. Breast cancer currently afflicts one out of every eight American women.

*Source:  Women’s Sports Foundation research