Thousands of K-8 students and their parents and guardians will take part in the first-ever "Celebration of Girls in Sports" at SDSU on December 2, getting tips from college athletes and then seeing the Aztec women's basketball team take on Cal State Fullerton.
The Celebration is a joint project of the San Diego County Office of Education and the SDSU Athletic Department, with a goal of introducing young students---especially girls---to the joys and benefits of competitive sports.
In addition to the Aztecs-Fullerton game that tips-off at 2 p.m., students attending the Celebration will have a chance to talk to coaches and athletes from all the women's sports at SDSU.
"Introducing young girls to the SDSU coaches and athletes is extremely valuable," said County Superintendent of Schools Randy Ward. "The athletes are not that much older than our students, and they're outstanding role models for students. They're physically strong, goal-oriented, and well-aware of the importance of academic achievement. I'm looking forward to that part of the Celebration, and of course I'm looking forward to the game, too."
Starting at 12:30 p.m., the players and coaches will spread out on the west side of Cox Arena to meet and talk with the younger students. In addition, "action zones" will be set-up in the area, so youngsters will have a chance to try the actual sports.
The benefits of competitive sports for girls are well-documented: improved physical fitness, improved school attendance and achievement, and improved self-esteem. Female athletes are far less likely to experience teenage pregnancy than non-athletes, and teen athletes typically have far fewer school discipline problems than the overall school population.
Despite those benefits, many young girls are never introduced to organized, competitive sports. The December 2 Celebration will help change that.