National Girls and Women in Sports Day Profile: Emma Bowman

Editor's Note: With National Girls and Women in Sports Day being celebrated on Feb. 5, the Lynx organization will be highlighting female athletes throughout the week. According to the Women's Sports Foundation, Education is the most effective way of remedying discrimination. Thus, National Girls and Women in Sports Day is not just a day to celebrate the achievements of women in sports to the exclusion of the achievement of male athletes. It is a day where males and females focus on (1) the importance of remedying past discrimination against women in sports, (2) the benefits of sports participation for girls, and (3) addressing the myths that have kept both boys and girls from supporting girls' sports participation; myths like "throws like a girl", girls who play sports are lesbians, girls who do gymnastics get eating disorders, etc. Today, we continue with Emma Bowman.

Name: Emma Bowman

Age: 5th Grade

What do you love most about sports?

Sports are fun and you get to play with your friends. It's good exercise.

Who are female athletes you look up to? Why?

Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen, Brittney Griner. It hink they are nice and really good at sports. They work really hard.

Why do you think sports are important for you and other young female athletes?

People can exercise and socialize with sports. It teachers you skills.

How do sports help you stay active and fit?

Run A LOT!! It's good for your mind.

What lessons do you learn from sports that you use in everyday life?

Communication. Friendship and good sportsmanship.

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