“Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt undermined because you were a girl,” said 12-year-old Anna*, addressing the 25 other middle school girls during a recent After School program. Met with many confused faces, Anna elaborated, asking the group, “Has anyone ever treated you differently just because you were a girl?
When I was nine years old, my family moved from Tanzania to the far South Side of Chicago. My father was studying in the States for a long time. After he was done with his studies, he got a job here and brought all of us or his family to Chicago for better opportunities and a better life.
Written by Grace Alger, Girls in the Game After School Coordinator How Sports Have Impacted My Life I’ve been involved with sports in some capacity or another through much of my life. They were a good way to stay active and have fun, but I think the most important impact my involvement had on me was providing opportunities to make friends and build a community around the sport.
Written by: Jenny Gresla, the Founder of Sports and fitness have always been a huge part of my life. In fact, I don’t remember a time from my childhood all the way up through my mid-twenties where I didn’t play a sport or do some sort of physical activity.
Written by Mallory Bilski Being a girl is hard. Being in middle school is even more difficult. Middle school is an awkward age. You start to deal with real-world issues without having a strong arsenal of experience to rely on. School is getting harder, emotions get more complex and you start to not feel like you’re not a kid anymore.
A sold-out crowd of more than 600 attended the 23rd annual Field of Dreams gala Feb. 22 at the Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile.
An after-school program aimed at empowering young girls is making a difference for local students. “Girls in the Game” introduces kids to a series of different sports and healthy activities. NBC 5’s Anayeli Ruiz has their story.
Girls going back to Chicago schools this fall are not receiving the opportunities they need to succeed. Given Chicago Public Schools budget cuts, girls will see less extracurricular activities that get them active, build leadership skills and grow their self-esteem.
Growing up in Chicago, Lucy Mucino did well in school and played rugby at her high school, Rauner College Prep, but there was something missing. “I grew up in a not so well-rounded household,” Mucino says. And even school didn’t feel like the most positive environment.
The Blackhawks taught Girls in the Game campers the skills of hockey in conjunction with the Chicago Bulls and Constellation
For years, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been associated with the emotional trauma of veterans in postwar situations. While PTSD is often considered a veteran’s dilemma, recent studies show that the rates of PTSD in children are twice as much as for war veterans.
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Girls from Chicago are different. I know a few. I call them my friends. They are tough, resilient, loyal, unapologetic, bold, and strong. They are the definition of Grit, Merriam-Webster defines it as “firmness of mind or spirit: unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.”
By Ashley Alt Girls in the Game, an empowering nonprofit lifting young girls up, has an inspiring message for girls in Chicago and everywhere else; Girls are more than spectators. The premise of the nonprofit isn’t about winning, but making your voice heard, overcoming obstacles and getting off the sidelines and into the game.
The Blackhawks and Bulls teamed up with Constellation and Girls in the Game for a fun day at Douglas Park