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