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…


National Girls & Women in Sports Day Recap

Last week, we celebrated National Girls & Women in Sports Day in the most Play Like a Girl-est way possible: with The United State of Women Empowerment Forum on Confidence, Leadership & Playing Like a Girl at First Tennessee Park. They shut down their club facility for a private soiree (Ooh la la!) just for Play Like a Girl supporters. So, of course, we partied it up—big time. From 9 to 11:30 a.m., girls and women mixed, mingled and stargazed with the help of an exclusive meet-and-greet with pro fast pitcher Monica Abbott, Olympians…


Expanding Opportunities for Girls in Sports

National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) began in 1987 as a special day in our nation’s capital to recognize women’s sports. The day united premiere organizations and elite female athletes to bring national attention to the promise of girls and women in sports. In 1987, NGWSD also served as a remembrance of Olympic volleyball player, Flo Hyman, for her athletic achievements and dedication to promoting equality for women’s sports; Hyman died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986. NGWSD has since evolved into an event to acknowledge the…


Film Celebrates PLAG Board Member & Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce

On February 1, we will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day with Olympic swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce. Kara joined the Play Like a Girl National Board of Directors in 2016 as Chair of the Executive Leadership Council. This Wednesday, Kara will share her story with a fabulous group of panelists at The United State of Women Empowerment Forum on Confidence, Leadership & Playing Like a Girl. The Empowerment Forum will take place at First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds, in Nashville, Tennessee from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30…


Thanksgiving food

Alternatives to Heavy Thanksgiving Food

The holidays is a time for family, warmth, and happiness, but it usually leads to weight gain, stretchy pants, and overeating. To prevent these outcomes, we have created a list of alternatives to heavy Thanksgiving food, as well as some tips to keep from overeating. Potatoes: Instead of mashed potatoes, try different types of squash or potatoes that would be healthier. Butternut squash, pumpkin, and even sweet potatoes are filled with better fiber, more nutrients and fewer carbs than regular potatoes . Stuffing: Substitute turkey stuffing you…


Pumpkin Recipes

More Ways to Eat Pumpkin Than Spice Latte

You're not alone in the excitement when you see the Pumpkin Spice Latte graphic chalked onto the board of your favorite coffee shop, but do you actually KNOW what's in your beloved latte? All that sugar and chemical-based syrups (GASP!) cannot be good for us. Instead, we're providing you with more and HEALTHIER ways to eat pumpkin this fall. First of all, lets just quickly go over the main ingredient to a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. Some avid drinkers may hope that actual pumpkin is the key to this delicious concoction, but sadly, that is…


Date Ideas

5 Autumn-Inspired Date Ideas

The air is getting crisp--all the better to get out and about with your loved one. There are so many fun & active ways to celebrate fall, such as exploring a corn maze or cooking chili together (check out our vegetarian chili recipe), and we've compiled them all into a comprehensive list of date ideas fit for fall. Soon you'll be FALLing in love. Go on a romantic date and enjoy this new, cool weather. Take some pillows, blankets, and hot cider out to watch the stars together. Find a place that's away from building and lights so you can…


Vegetarian Chili Recipe

The Yummiest Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Do the words vegetarian and chili in the same sentence sound like a contradiction? Yep, that's what most people say, but just trust us--this vegetarian chili recipe will take chili to the next level. Not to mention, it's HEALTHY. Now that fall is officially here, a bowl of chili is a good way to end your day and to stay warm. Cozy up with a book or begin your new Netflix binge with a healthy bowl of chili next to you. This particular recipe does not take long at all and you will have plenty of time to unwind with your favorite past time after…


healthy snack recipes

6 Healthy Snack Recipes for Fall

Browse any local market during these autumn months and you will see a beautiful array of seasonal produce in all sorts of colors and shapes. It's the perfect time to buy what's seasonal, but what on earth should you do with it all? Read on for a list of awesome healthy snack recipes for fall that will ensure you put all that seasonal produce to good use. Pumpkin seeds. Everybody has to carve a pumpkin sooner or later during the month of October. Why not save the seeds for a better use than just throwing them away? Pumpkin seeds are simple to…