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Phone: 312-633-4263
1501 W Randolph St
Union Park Fieldhouse

Chicago
Illinois 60607
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Target demographics: Girls in the Game welcomes girls from diverse backgrounds and abilities, ages 6-18. Participants live in a cross-section of neighborhoods on the north, south, and west sides of Chicago, as well as in the suburbs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,000

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: There’s a place for everyone on our team and Girls in the Game encourages everyone to get in the game and play an important part in providing opportunities to girls throughout Chicagoland.

Whether raising money to run with our Charity Race Team or volunteering during summer camp, there’s something you can do to help.

Geographic areas served: Chicago and soon will be expanding nationwide

Programs: Research shows that girls who are physically active and involved in healthy-lifestyle programs have higher grades, are more likely to graduate, experience higher self-esteem, and are less likely to drink, use drugs, or engage in risky behaviors.

Girls in the Game believes all girls deserve access to sports and fitness, health education, and leadership programs. Girls in the Game programs address the whole girl, and programs are available to girls from 6 to 18 years old.

All Girls in the Game programs incorporate the four pillars of our mission – sports, health, leadership and life. Girls in the Game does not solely teach girls sports; it uses sports to teach girls about the important life lessons of teamwork, leadership, confidence, and healthy choices. Girls in the Game programs work together to provide sports and fitness, nutrition and health education and leadership development programming for girls year round and over the long term.

Outside research confirms that girls involved in Girls in the Game programs exercise more, eat healthier and have a healthier body image than their peers.

Learn more about Girls in the Game programs by clicking on the links below:

* Girls’ Advisory Board
* After School
* Sports and Leadership Summer Camp
* Game Days
* Alumnae
* Parent and Caregiver Initiatives
* Spring Training

Mission:
Girls in the Game provides and promotes sports and fitness, leadership development and health education to enhance the overall well being of all girls.

Since 1995, Girls in the Game, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, has emerged as a leading girls’ health and fitness organization in Chicago. Every year, Girls in the Game empowers more than 3,000 girls to make healthier choices and develop the confidence and leadership skills they need to succeed on and off the field.

From yoga and lacrosse to soccer and dance, Girls in the Game exposes girls to a wide and energizing mix of sports and fitness activities year round. We lead after school, summer camp, one day leadership and parent programs. We now have a train-the-trainer initiative so we can help others initiate or enhance thier healthy lifestyle services for girls.

Girls are encouraged to get in the game — any game— so they can learn teamwork and determination, and to make choices that lead to a happier, healthier life. All sports and fitness programming includes hands-on workshops on nutrition, health and leadership.

Unlike traditional youth programs, Girls in the Game:

* addresses the needs of the whole girl

* exposes girls to multiple sports and fitness activities combined with nutrition, health education and leadership development

* engages girls and young women ages 6-18 year-round

* provides peer-to-peer education as well as parent and community involvement

* uses a comprehensive program that’s proven to work

Outside research confirms that after one year, girls involved in Girls in the Game:

* exercise more

* have a lower, healthier BMI (Body Mass Index)

* eat more fruits, vegetables and healthy foods

* have a healthy body image and feel good about themselves

* believe they are leaders with the ability to change their lives and their communities

These findings back up Girls in the Game’s core belief that girls who grow up playing sports develop into healthier, happier and more successful women. The best proof that the programs work is from the girls themselves– their smiles, long-term involvement and enrollment in Girls in the Game programs in record numbers.
Results:
Outside research confirms that after one year, girls involved in Girls in the Game:

* exercise more
* have a lower, healthier BMI (Body Mass Index)
* eat more fruits, vegetables and healthy foods
* have a healthy body image and feel good about themselves
* believe they are leaders with the ability to change their lives and their communities

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11/12/12
I consider myself very fortunate to have worked for an organization as meaningful as Girls in the Game. During my time there I was able to see first-hand the impact that their programs on girls and their families. All of the programs at Girls in the Game are remarkable, but I am especially fond of ... more »
11/04/12
I am a graduate student in clinical psychology, and I have had the privilege of helping Girls in the Game evaluate the effectiveness of their programming. It is a joy to work with such a passionate but also reflective team that always asks how they can do even better. Their commitment to girls is ... more »
11/02/12
Girls in the Game is an incredible organization with a mission that truly changes lives. In an era when women's and girls' issues are sadly not at the forefront, Girls in the Game is making sure that girls' needs are heard, and that girls have opportunities to develop into strong leaders. With a ... more »
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