The Secret to Being a Power Women: Play Girls Sports!

The Secret to Being a Power Women: Play Girls Sports!
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Playgin Girls Sports Increases chances for success

Ellen was a success on the court and on television.

Does your daughter have a growing interest for girls sports? Encourage her and you could help her develop into a power women. Did you know playing girls sports has produced some amazing and pretty well known women?

When Beth Brooke was young she was diagnosed with a degenerative hip disease and told by doctors she may never walk again. Before going into surgery she made a promise to herself that she would run. She wanted to become one of the best young athletes the world had known. She played several girls team sports at her Indiana High School, and even earned MVP awards and graduated as class valedictorian.

What happened to Brooke?

Brooke went on to play Division 1 college Basketball at Purdue University. Running was a goal that was checked off her list and was a thing of the past. She ran full speed ahead and today she is the global vice chair of Public Policy at mega-accounting firm Ernst & Young and this year was named one of the world’s 100 most powerful women.

Brooke told Forbes that “Playing ball taught her discipline, focus, and how to work as part of a team. “

Other Successful Women Who Played Girls Sports:

Brooke isn’t the only women to use girls sports to leverage her career she joins the prestigious ranks with PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi who played cricket in her native India. Kraft Foods CEO Irene Roenfeld who played four varsity girls sports in high school and college basketball at Cornell University in New York. Girls sports gives these ladies a background that is priceless. They learn lessons and skills that help them adapt in pressure situations, are mentally and emotionally tough, not to mention they have developed advanced communication skills from playing team sports.

82% of women in executive-level jobs have played organized girls sports in middle, high, or post-secondary school.

Brandi Chastain girls sports

Chastain has played for San Jose CyberRays of the WUSA and FC Gold Pride of Women’s Professional Soccer. She is best known for her game-winning penalty shootout kick against China in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup final and her bra-baring celebration afterwards. Amongst her many achievements, Chastain has won two Women’s World Cup championships, two Olympic gold medals, and an Olympic silver medal. Brandi also helped start and supports a program in the San Jose area that helps pair collegiate athletes with local elementary schools.

Nearly half of women earning over $75,000 identified themselves as “athletic.”

Another prime example of the benefits of Girls sports for girls is Susan Spencer, a former general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles. Yes the Eagles! Spencer is known as the first and only women to work as a GM for a professional football team. She believes it makes no difference what the sport is or even whether the girl is good at it. Girls sports create a competitive edge in girls, giving young girls the of winning and losing.

Top 10 Women Who Started in Girls Sports:

  1. Indra Nooyi: Chariman & Chief Executive at PepsiCo, played Cricket
  2. Sarah Palin: Alaska Governor known as “Sarah Barracuda,” in Basketball
  3. Mary Schapiro: Chair of Securities Exchange Commision, Laccrosse
  4. Irene Rosenfld: Chairman & Chief Executive of Kraft Foods, Basketball
  5. Ellen DeGeneres: TV Host, played tennis in Atlanta, Texas.
  6. Mindy Gossman, Chief Executive of HSN, Inc., Bowling
  7. Ellen Kullman, Chairman and CEO of DuPont, played basketball
  8. Weili Dai: Cofounder & VP of Marvell Technology Group, semi-pro basketball in China
  9. Beth Brooke: Global Vice Chair of Public Policy at Ernst & Young, Basketball
  10.  Lynn Laverty Elsenhans: Chairman, CEO and President of Sunoco, Basketball


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A little more about Natasha Hawkins...

Experience: Division 1 Fastpitch Softball player at San Jose State. Degree: B.S in Marketing and Advertising Certifications: Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Interests: She loves the way the brain works and how personalities and attitude can create a warrior of an athlete that will always persevere and make success for themselves. While she is not a certified nutritionist she studies and practices the Paleo diet and Zone eating. Quirk: I am an avid archer and hunter. Yup, it's true. I have shot archery since I could walk, and hunted with my Dad since I was born. I also have a sister (Cheridan Hawkins) who is a stud pitcher for the Oregon Ducks Softball Team and is on the Junior Olympic Team. My youngest sister Charli Hawkins trains with me at CrossFit and is also a catcher on the 12U California Grapettes. Follow Natasha on Twitter: @NatashaBHawkins