New Board Members Announced at Play Like a Girl

PRESS RELEASE NEW MEMBERS OF THE PLAY LIKE A GIRL NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO STEER NONPROFIT’S EFFORTS TO KEEP GIRLS IN THE GAME NASHVILLE, March 1, 2018 -- Play Like a Girl announced today the 6 new members of its national Board of Directors, which is stacked with leaders who will help guide the organization’s efforts to keep girls from dropping out of sport and physical activity and grow its Play Like a Girl Clubs program to a broader, national audience in middle schools and community centers over the next five years. Members of the Play…


Recap of the 2018 Play Like a Girl Summit

At this point, if you’re reading this and you don’t know about our annual Play Like a Girl Summit, then shame on you! This year, we convened Nashville girls and women at Belmont University for a healthy dose of inspiration and empowerment. The Play Like a Girl Summit was created in 2015 to celebrate the stories of women in sports who have paved the way for the next generation of game-changing women, and furthers our founding belief that girls given the opportunity to play on a team become women who have the confidence to stand on their own.…


2018 Play Like a Girl Summit Goes Live

Third Annual Play Like a Girl Summit honors legacy of National Girls & Women in Sports Day The Play Like a Girl Summit, taking place at Belmont University in Nashville on February 16 & 17, is part of National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), a nationwide celebration of the extraordinary achievements in girls' and women’s sports. Again this year, Play Like a Girl will live stream the Summit at Facebook.com/iplaylikeagirl. Established in 1987 as a special day in our nation’s capital to recognize women’s sports, NGWSD has evolved…


Nailah Ellis Timberlake on Using Sport to Break Gender Stereotypes

Meet Nailah at the Play Like a Girl Summit February 17th in Nashville! Nailah Ellis Timberlake is the Director of Productions for USA Swimming, which is the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, and is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition from age group level to the Olympic Team. In her own words... Women are far more visible in sports today than ever before. This is our moment. It is crucial that we empower girls to get and stay involved in sport. Sports can have…


Game On!

Play Like a Girl gives young women the confidence and skills to pursue their dreams. Attorney Cecelia Townes lends a hand. Every year, Play Like a Girl provides coaching and mentoring opportunities to more than 200 middle and high school girls across Nashville. Each participant is asked to dedicate an average of 62 hours a year to after-school and weekend programs like the Play Like a Girl Summit which includes fitness lessons, confidence-building exercises, and one-on-one time with working women—professionals whose expertise ranges from…


What to Know About the Play Like a Girl Summit

If you parent or coach a girl in middle or high school, then you might want to know everything about the 2018 Play Like a Girl Summit. The two-day Nashville event will take place Friday, Feb 16, and Saturday, Feb 17 at Belmont University. The event will bring together fearless women from business, education, sports and media to inspire the next generation of female game changers. Using the power of film, storytelling and conversations, attendees will be inspired by examples of confidence and resilience embodied by female athletes and…


Why Representation Matters

Stories about female athletes take center stage at third annual Play Like a Girl Summit in Nashville Along with Belmont University Athletics, the Women Sports Film Festival is partnering with us to empower girls to become unstoppable women through sports and active play. Festival Founder and Executive Director, Susan Sullivan will share two films about extraordinary athletes during the Play Like a Girl Summit on February 16 & 17 in Nashville. PLAY LIKE A GIRL: Why did you start a film festival about female athletes? Susan Sullivan: Quite…


Sport Has the Power to Unify

Belmont University’s Kenisha Rhone will join us as a mentor at the Play Like a Girl Summit on February 17th in Nashville. Belmont Athletics Social Media Manager Kenisha Rhone will be a mentor at our third annual Play Like a Girl Summit on February 17th in Nashville. We are partnering with Belmont Athletics and Women Sports Film Festival to help develop girls’ confidence and leadership skills and empower them to get off the sidelines and get in the game--both on and off the field of play. PLAY LIKE A GIRL: Introduce yourself and tell us a…


The Importance of Sports in Girls' Development

FIRST PUBLISHED |  USA Today Dr. Kimberly S. Clay, President/CEO, Play Like a Girl! Sports and physical activity have multiple, far reaching effects that last into adulthood. Sports play a critical role in girls’ development and provide valuable skills to help girls become successful in all facets of life. Girls who play sports are more likely to make better grades, score higher on standardized tests and graduate from high school. In addition, they report much lower rates of drug use, high-risk sexual behavior and pregnancy and they have…


New National Board of Directors Announced

NASHVILLE, TN, April 7, 2017 — Play Like a Girl, a Nashville-based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to advancing the health and empowerment of girls and women through sport and physical activity, today announced its new National Board of Directors and the establishment of its Executive Leadership Council for the 2017-19 term. The new board was elected after a three-month nationwide search supported by ESPNW, Board Source and Board Member Connect. The board will be led by Chair-Elect, Christy Pruitt-Haynes, a human resources executive and Nashville…