Girls At Bat (Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Jays Care Foundation)
JAYS CARE FOUNDATION believes in a level playing field where all Canadian children and youth have the opportunity to thrive and succeed. One way we are working to achieve this goal is through GIRLS AT BAT.
WHAT IS GIRLS AT BAT?
Girls at Bat is Jays Care’s girls-only baseball program co-designed and delivered in partnership with Plan International Canada. The program is specially designed for girls and women to make both playing and coaching feel fun and safe. Girls at Bat provides girls and young women who would normally sit on the side-lines, or not even go near the field, the courage to try. Once on the field, the program weaves fun and challenging baseball drills and skills with vital self-esteem, team-building and personal health activities to ensure that all participants gain far more than baseball skills.
WHY GIRLS AT BAT?
Research has shown that active children have the ability to concentrate much better and that exercise decreases anxiety, reduces depression, and improves mood and outlook in children. Physical activity also develops children’s self-esteem and confidence and can develop further social skills such as leadership and empathy. Girls need sports and more female role models practicing and coaching them in sports to ensure that they live long and healthy, active lives. Girls at Bat is designed to be a spark that ignites that passion in communities all across Canada. By combining fun, challenging baseball skills with team-building exercises and healthy activities, Girls At Bat empowers girls with the confidence, self-esteem and leadership capacity they need to succeed on and off the field.