Last month, our GoGirlGo! programs in Atlanta, Chicago and Seattle launched their first Get a Girl Going contests. This innovative and interactive grant program was designed to encourage organizations in the three communities to demonstrate their ability to deliver girls’ sports and physical activity programs. The contest invited organizations to submit online applications describing how they planned to have girls in their community live healthier, more active lifestyles. Ten finalists were selected to receive $1,000 and a mini cam that was used to document their program. The videos were then entered into an online competition where voters had the opportunity to select their favorite video. The program with the highest combined percentage of online and judges’ votes received a $10,000 grant from its respective GoGirlGo! community office. As part of a weekly series, we are highlighting three of the best videos from each community. We started with Atlanta last week, and this week, we showcase the best from Seattle.
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We’ve heard it all before: the obesity rate in the United States is an upward trend—and the inadequate physical education across this country does not help. While there are no national requirements for physical education, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) recommends 150 minutes of instructional physical education for elementary school children and 225 minutes for middle and high school students per week for the entire school year.
Sydney Sachs is a 17-year-old high school senior from Chicago, Illinois. A former member of the U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics national team for six years, Sachs has since turned her attention toward academics and preparing for college. Not one to be away from physical activity for long, Sachs came to us and asked about running her own GoGirlGo! program for underserved girls in Chicago. Read her fifth blog...
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