Ganschow wins National Girls & Women In Sports Day

Ganschow wins National Girls & Women In Sports Day
What good are sports for females? Just ask Tiffany Ganschow, a senior from Wakonda High School.

On Feb. 1, she was awarded the National Girls & Women In Sports Day.

Ganschow was selected on the following criteria: exemplifying of excellence in sports skills, leadership, self discipline, and perseverance. Ganschow now qualifies for the Elite 15, where the state of South Dakota chooses the top 15 high school female athletes. One must be a local winner to qualify.

The 20th annual National Girls & Women In Sports Day took place Feb. 1. National Girls & Women In Sports Day is a special day for girls and women to celebrate their participation in sports and athletics. When Title IX was enacted in 1971, one in 27 girls in high school participated in athletics. One in three girls participate in athletics in high school now! There has been an explosion in the number of athletic opportunities open to women and girls of all ages and levels of ability.

? Girls who participate in as little as four hours of exercise per week may reduce their lifelong risk of breast cancer (a disease that will affect one out of every eight women) by up to 60.

? High school girls who participate in sports are less likely to experience an unintended pregnancy, more likely to graduate from high school and get better grades and less like to engage in an array of health-risk behaviors.

? With no immediate intervention, one in three American children born in 2000 will contract Type II diabetes and currently one in six girls today is obese or overweight. Physical activity combats obesity.

? Girls and women who participate in sports have higher levels of confidence, stronger self-images and lower levels of depression. Sports is an investment in the psychological health of women.

? 82 percent of executive businesswomen played organized sports after elementary school according to the Oppenheimer report completed by the mutual fund company in 2002.

? Sports are where boys have traditionally learned about teamwork, goal-setting, the pursuit of excellence in performance and other achievement-oriented behaviors � critical skills that women and men need for success in the workplace.

Ganschow says sports has taught her how to work with teammates toward a common goal. She also believes much of her future success will be because she learned how to set goals and be competitive.

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