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Studies Show Impact of Sports on Girls (And GOTR 5K Winner Announcement)

February 18, 2010

Congratulations to Stephanie Golias, the winner of a New Balance gym bag from our Feb. 1 GOTR Atlanta 5K giveaway! Stephanie was the first person to register for the GOTR Atlanta 5K that will be held on May 1, 2010. She is also a GOTR SoleMate – read about her experience here! Congratulations Stephanie!

Also, check out this article from yesterday’s New York Times blog. It talks about studies that have begun to show the impact on women of the 1972 passage of Title IX – the federal law that banned gender discrimination in educational programs and activities – including high school and college athletics. This law opened the door for women in sports, but up until now there has been little evidence of its effects. Here are some highlights from the article:

  • Just six years after the enactment of Title IX, the percentage of girls playing team sports in high school has jumped to 25 percent from about 4 percent.
  • One study found that the changes set in motion by Title IX explains about 20 percent of the increase in women’s education and about 40 percent of the rise in employment for 25-to-34-year-old women.
  • Another study found that the increase in girls’ athletic participation caused by Title IX was associated with a 7 percent lower risk of obesity 20 to 25 years later. While a 7 percent decline in obesity is modest, no other public health program can claim similar success.
  • There is still room for improvement. Today about 1 in 3 high school girls play sports, compared with about half of all boys. And participation varies widely by state, with southern states (eh hemm, GEORGIA!) still having big gender gaps.
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  1. Stephanie G permalink
    February 24, 2010 4:59 pm

    Thanks Nadine and the GOTR Board. I got my bag Monday night and it is the cutest bag which will definitely be put to good use.

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