Due to budget cuts in 2012, public school districts across the country were forced to eliminate extracurricular sports and after school programs for America’s children.
In light of this, girls in St. Louis, and nationwide, are facing serious emotional, physical, and developmental disadvantages. With your help—we at the DIG it! Volleyball Program pledge to give St. Louis area girls a greater opportunity to lead positive, healthy lives.
Research proves that the connections, skills, habits, and knowledge kids develop in extracurricular activities help them gain self-esteem and resilience, and reduces the likelihood they’ll engage in risky behavior. This is especially true for young girls. According to a Central Michigan University study, girls involved in sports are 92 percent less likely to get involved with drugs and are 3 times more likely to graduate. The link between sports, academic performance, and graduation rates leads to higher wages and more opportunities for career advancement for youth who participate.
But for many other children, the rising costs of sport teams and school clubs, combined with parents’ uncertain work schedules and precarious household budgets, have made extracurricular activities a luxury they can’t afford.
DIG it!, an acronym for “Developing the Inner Girl”, is a free after-school volleyball program for low-income girls that aims to inspire participants to lead healthy, confident lives. DIG it! currently partners with 5 Boys & Girls Clubs locations and 4 inner-city St. Louis schools, and most of our 122 girls are participating in sports for the first time in their lives.
The DIG it! program is holding a volleyball tournament at SLUH gymnasium on April 16th, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. This tournament will feature special guest speakers, a DJ, and a fun day of volleyball!