“It’s really stunning,” says Nancy Hogshead-Makar, senior director of advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation. “The changes are profound for the rest of [a girl's] life.”
Hogshead-Makar, who won three gold medals as an Olympic swimmer, says playing sports teaches girls about winning and losing, belonging to a team, and postponing short-term gratification for long-term rewards. She says that those skills “translate directly into tangible educational gains, and economic gains.”
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