“Girls Ball Too”

BBA strives to use sports as a platform to initiate the mission of empowering young girls through changing the culture around youth sports, both on and off the court. We want to foster and encourage a demand for female excellence in sports, not through a comparative lens of young boys versus young girls, rather, a lens of recognition and appreciation for what young girls bring to the game. From the grandmothers who taught us, the mother who nurtured us, to the sister who loved us: gentle, patient, comforting, and compassionate. However, we cannot forget she is also the grandmother who protected us, the mother who strengthened us, and the sister who pushed us. 


Throughout my years of playing sports, I developed many friendships. In the beginning of most seasons, it was awkward because I had no idea who these other girls were on my team, but by the end of the season these strangers developed into new friends. I was always the shy girl growing up, but sports helped me grow out of my shell more and more as the years went by. My friends to this day are the girls I played sports with throughout the years. If I had not participated in sports, there is no way a shy girl like myself would have the lifelong friendships that I have today.


Self-Confidence is one of the biggest reasons why to me Girls in Sports are more than just a game. I struggled being confident, always comparing myself or second guessing myself. Being around my team was always a safe place where there was no judgement. Little by little, being around the atmosphere of a team with your teammates cheering you on and giving you high fives can have a positive impact on your self-esteem and confidence. Teammates are there to help each other through good as well as bad times. The atmosphere of being a part of a team is used extensively in the corporate world. Thus, the experience of being part of a youth sports team was, in hindsight, the building blocks for my entry in the “real” world.

Achieving Goals

In the development stages of playing a sport, girls will learn a lot and develop many skills. Setting and achieving goals is the cornerstone for learning and developing skills. For basketball, a goal could be as simple as calling for the ball or going after every loose ball. In volleyball it could be to get three hits each possession. Throughout my basketball career (my main sport of focus), I set a goal for myself to be able to touch the rim. I set that goal for myself, put in the work to achieve the goal and eventually I was able to touch the rim. There is no better feeling than setting a goal for yourself and seeing all your hard work come to fruition.

Health Benefits

Studies recommend that children should be active for up to 60 minutes a day. Putting your daughter into a sport is a great way for them to get active without thinking they are being forced to participate in physical activity. For me, playing in a sport always resulted in having fun and on top of that interacting with the other girls on the team. There are a number of studies that state being active cannot only help your physical health, but also your mental health. A sport is a fun way to exercise! Girls, just like boys, belong in sports for the long run to learn life lessons through friendships, self-confidence, achieving goals and staying healthy.