GIRLS IN THE GAME NFP

Rating: 5 stars   27 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 1501 W Randolph St Union Park Fieldhouse Chicago IL 60607 USA

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
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
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
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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 the their Summer Camp and the Game Day programs. Through these programs this organizations is able to reach thousand of girls by using their well-rounded curriculum and their highly trained coaches. Overall, Girls in the Game is a quality organization that cares immensely about its mission. Since I am a believer of its mission as well I am looking forward to volunteering for them for years to come.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

After volunteering with Girls in the Game for the past 4+ years at the after school programs, (3 at the same school) I’ve been able to see first-hand how Girls in the Game has improved the quality of life for young girls that need it most. The girls gain confidence in both sports and in life which enables them to succeed in many different aspects, whether on the field or off the field, at home or at school. I am thankful to be a part of such a great organization that gives girls an opportunity they would not have otherwise and look forward to helping the girls succeed more!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Girls in the Game is an absolutely fantastic organization with a dedicated, talented staff who are committed to changing the lives of girls in Chicago and have been for nearly two decades. As a former employee, I heard stories from the girls themselves of how their lives were changed for the better by their involvement in Girls in the Game's programs. And it's not just anecdotal evidence--Girls in the Game's programs work (according to several years of ongoing research in conjunction a highly reputable university). Even though I've moved away from the area, I will continue to support Girls in the Game's efforts to expand to reach more girls--so that all girls get the chance to become confident, healthy women through participating in a program that provides the tools for them to do so!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Girls in the Game provides so much for so many girls in Chicago- most importantly the opportunity for girls to become happy and healthy. Their programming is proven to work and their organization is run phenomenally. As a former collegiate athlete, Girls in the Game employee and soon to be Advisory Board Member I always impressed and inspired by the work this organization continues to do and what it provides for the girls who need it most.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer and advisory board member of Girls in the Game, I have seen the great work the organization does with the most under-served young women of Chicago. Offering everything from sports and fitness activies to nutrition and leadership workshops, Girls in the Game empowers thousands of young women who otherwise would not have access to such valuable and enriching resources and experiences. I'm proud to support their mission and promote the important work they do.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with Girls in the Game as a former employee and current volunteer has solidifed the importance of all-girl healthy lifesyle and leadership development programming. The Girls in the Game model is unique, and focuses on all aspects of a growing young female - helping her grow up with confidence, knowledge and the ability to lead and stand up for what she believes in! This organization is not only making a deep and meaningful impact for girls in Chicago, but is also a leader in the non-profit field with outcome evaluation and exceptional program curriculum!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of the Advisory Board since January of 2012. In that time, I have really come to respect and appreciate the work that GITG does with the girls at Chicago Public Schools around the city. My team from work had a day where we all volunteered at the summer camp back in July 2012, and we had a really great time getting to know the girls. It was a very organized event, and everyone on my team had a very positive experience. The girls really seem to appreciate the services they receive from this organization and have fun learining how to be good teammates!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love Girls in the Game! I'm a member of the Advisory Board, and in addition to working with great people who care about the community, everything we do and all the money we raise goes directly to helping girls in need!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering with Girls in the Game for the past four years, helping to plan events for fund-raising as well as spreading the word about the amazing work that the organization does. Girls in the Game really makes a difference in young girls lives at a time when they are most vulnerable to poor influences. Using sports and fitness as a way to teach about leadership, teamwork, health, self-esteem and life has worked for girls in all walks of life and it's great to have an organization that focuses on bringing those experiences to girls who would otherwise not have the opportunity.

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I have seen the results as measured by independent research organizations and they are not surprising. Girls in the Game provides vast improvements for its participants both in health and education measures and sets the girls up to succeed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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