Whatever Wednesday: Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day!

February 1st, 2012

In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day and the fortieth anniversary of Title IX, I’m sharing why sports are important to me (and my daughter). For more stories celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day, click here.

Since I was a little girl, I felt in my ‘zone’ on the diamond, the court, and the field. It didn’t matter what was going on at school or at home because once I stepped on the field, diamond, or court everything was okay. Sports are and always will be my ‘escape’.

I see the same fire in my six-year-old daughter’s eyes when she steps on the field to play soccer every Saturday morning. While she’s playing, she’s determined, confident, and in her own ‘zone’. But, when her weekly game is over, panic stings her eyes as she pegs me with questions about her next chance to play. She’s really asking, ‘When can I come back to this place that I feel amazing? When can I enter that ‘zone’ again?’

While I watch some parents drool at the sight of their six-year-old emerging as an athlete, I look at my daughter’s athletic endeavors a little bit differently. I feel blessed that my daughter has found a passion and purpose – her own ‘zone’. Whether she’s six or thirty-six, all of her life troubles will lift as soon as she’s home on that court, diamond, or field. Just like her mom.

Thank you, Title IX for allowing us to play and find our ‘zone’. Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day! :)