New York, NY (May 12, 2015) – Only 25 percent of the nation’s girls are getting the appropriate levels of physical activity, placing them at a disadvantage when it comes to their physical health and personal achievement, according to a report released today by The Women’s Sports Foundation(WSF), the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports. The report, entitled Her Life Depends On It, is a comprehensive look at the links between participation in sport, physical activity and the health and well-being of American girls and women.
“The ability of girls and women to access sports is a fundamental right that has implications for an individual’s dignity, happiness, health, personal freedom, and success,” said Deborah Slaner Larkin, CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation. “This right should be accorded unequivocally and without reservation to every girl and woman. With only a quarter of the nation’s girls getting the appropriate levels of physical activity, more work needs to be done in ensuring that programs meet their needs.”