Encourage Young Girls to Stay in Sports!
It is said that sports do not build character, they reveal it. There are so many benefits when young girls play sports like better physical and mental health, increased confidence, higher body esteem, better grades and leadership skills. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Canadian females abandon sports as young adults.
As a child and into my teens, I was heavily into sports. I played soccer, basketball, volleyball and floor hockey. I didn’t go a day without playing some type of sport. The more I think about it, I would have loved to have continued playing into adulthood. But once I graduated high school, there wasn’t much of a push or support system for me to count on to keep playing. Even though I may have never been a professional, I look back and think about the potential or the what would have been if I had continued.
Now that I am a mom to two girls who are incredibly active, I try to be as supportive as I can because I know the abundance of benefits they reap. Gabby absolutely loves track and field and she is quite adept at it. Her second choice is basketball and she loves it. Mimi is still discovering what she likes but, enjoys all sports right now. While I don’t have a crystal ball to see in the future, I hope that they continue in sports and that they have the support I didn’t to help them succeed.
Now’s Your Chance!
Luckily, Canada’s Dairy Farmers also understand the importance of helping to break down barriers for amateur female athletes and are accepting applications for a $150,000 fund. An amount that is up from $100,000 in 2016, The grants will be distributed as 30 grants of $5,000. The hope is that they are able to help young female athletes pursue their sports dreams. How amazing is that? If you have a daughter who loves sports or know of a young lady who does, here is your chance to help! All you need to do is apply for the Champions Fund.
What is the Champions Fund?
It is a grant that is in its second year and a part of the national Fuelling Women Champions (FWC) multi-year initiative spearheaded by Canada’s Dairy Farmers. They are committed to the advancement of women in sport. It is heartwarming to know that there are organizations that truly care about our next generation. Especially girls who love sports no matter how old they are or what their ability is.
What is the End Goal?
Since the FWC and Canada’s Dairy Farmers are champions for healthy living and nutrition, their collective goal is to ensure that no hurdle exists that might hinder the passion for the game. So, ultimately, they want girls in sports to be more watched, more appreciated and more financially stable.
How to Apply:
The first thing you need to do is visit womenchampions.ca between June 20 to September 20, 2017. Visit their application page and submit your entry! From there, the Champions Fund will choose the top 30 from the top 50 to 60 applicants in October. How exciting is that? I know that these grants can definitely go a long way!
Don’t forget to connect with them on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates and follow along on the hashtags #ChampionHer and #ChampionsFund! Plus, another great way to get involved is to spread the word to everyone you know!
When women support women, incredible things happen, right?
Do you have a daughter or know of someone who would benefit from this grant?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.