Girls who play sports do not follow popular culture's idea of the ideal female form and have a positive image of their own bodies.
Girls who play sports are concerned with what their bodies can do, not what they look like.
Girls who play sports have higher self-esteem.
Girls who play sports have much lower levels of depression.
Girls who play sports during the teen years are 92% less likely to become involved with drugs and/or alcohol.
Girls who play sports have much lower incidences of eating disorders.
Girls who play sports in high school consistently have better grades than girls who don't play sports.
Girls who play sports in high school are 3 times more likely to graduate from high school.
80% of all female executives in Fortune 500 companies played in organized sports in their youth.
Girls who play sports tend to be active as adults and reduce the likelihood of breast cancer by 60%. Breast cancer afflicts 1 out of every 8 adult women.
Girls who play sports and remain active as adults have lower incidences of strokes, heart attacks, and other health problems.
Osteoporosis is caused by insufficient bone density in older women. The critical years for developing bone density are 12 to 16. Girls who exercise regularly during those years have 22% greater bone density, at the age of 60.
A girl who does not play organized sports by the age of 10 has only a 1 in 10 likelihood of being physically active at 25.