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10 Reasons Why Susan Greene Supports Girls’ Athletics

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The Storm Elite girls lacrosse team getting ready to compete at ESPN’s Wide Word of Sports

I know when you signed up for this blog, you expected all the posts to be about copywriting and marketing.  But every now and then, I feel like taking a brief departure to write about a different topic that’s been on my mind. Thank you for indulging me.

This post is about my 16-year-old daughter Katie, a high school junior who is also a competitive lacrosse player.  She frequently participates in tournaments and hopes to eventually play at the college level.graduation.

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My daughter Katie is the girl in the white top for whom gravity does not exist.

I love the fact that my daughter is an athlete.  When I was a kid, opportunities for girls’ athletics were extremely limited.  In the younger grades, recess was used for jump rope and often games as unathletic as jacks.  As a high school girl I took the one year of mandatory PE, a class in modern dance, which I enjoyed, but I can’t remember ever breaking a sweat.

I envied the boys in my classes and in my neighborhood who had opportunities to play Little League baseball and basketball at the local rec center.  Even if girls would have been allowed, I lacked the training (and natural ability, if I’m being honest) to have been welcomed on any team.

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Katie is in blue

For that reason, it was my dream that if I became a parent and had a daughter someday, she would have opportunities to play team sports.  I say with great pride, that dream has come true, and I am Katie’s biggest cheerleader.

A few weeks ago we attended the three-day Girls’ Lacrosse President’s Cup at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.  It’s a national tournament that draws teams from all over the U.S. and Canada, although it just happens to be held in our neck of the woods.  We live in a suburb just outside Orlando.

At the tournament Katie’s team, Storm Elite, won all its games except one. Great job!

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The Storm Elite girls horsing around after their final game in the President’s Cup.

The tournament isn’t progressive so there’s no event winner. It’s a series of showcase games designed for college coaches to observe and eventually recruit players for their teams.

As you can tell, I’m a huge supporter of youth sports and especially girls athletics. Here are my top 10 takeaways from this weekend’s events:

  1. Thousands of girls ages 15-18 from all over the U.S. and Canada came to participate. How great that this opportunity exists for girls! It certainly didn’t when I was that age.
  2. These girls work extremely hard for years to get to this level of play. They know the value of setting goals and working toward them.
  3. Teamwork is second nature to these girls. They leave their ego home and work together to succeed.
  4. Most of these girls are college-bound, which is why they attend this event where over 800 college coaches from around the U.S. came to observe their games.
  5. Despite the cut-throat nature of most sports, especially when the prize is potentially a college scholarship, the atmosphere at the tournament was so positive, everyone cheering on the players.

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    The Storm Elite girls after yet another first place tournament victory

  6. The majority of girls at this tournament have supportive families, a necessity for getting them to their many practices, games and national tournaments. I like seeing parents who prioritize their kids.
  7. These girls are super athletes. In an era of fast food and sedentary lifestyles, they know the value of eating right and working out daily.
  8. When it comes to handling stress and intensity, these girls are experts. Those skills help them both on and off the field.
  9. These girls know how to strategize. They look at a situation, process any opportunities and threats, then quickly make their best decision. Again, these are skills that should serve them well in life.
  10. Feeling passionate about something and putting all your energy into becoming the best you can be is character building. Whether or not these girls have a future in this sport, pursuing a passion is all about enjoying the journey. And that they are.
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Team sports for girls promotes confidence, perseverance and fitness.

Thanks for hearing me out on this topic unrelated to my usual copywriting fare. And I hope, if and when you have the opportunity, you’ll support youth sports, especially for girls.

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