The sun may have been hiding, but that didn’t stop 300 middle-school girls from playing their hearts out with us at the Getty House Foundation’s annual Title IX Day celebration. Supported by Getty House Foundation and the LA84 Foundation, Nike sponsored and powered this event to celebrate the landmark legislation that helped put women’s sports on the map. Nike supplied the basketballs, soccer balls, and yoga mats— while the students brought their A-game, and showed us all what “girl power” really looks like.
After warming up for their circuit rotations, the girls were treated to a visit by Paralympian track star Scout Bassett, whose story of perseverance and heart had us all on our feet. Together with First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland’s reflection on growing up in the early days of Title IX, these stories were powerful reminders that when we double-down on our commitment to getting more girls on our courts and fields — especially those in our most underserved communities — there’s no limit to what they can achieve. And through Girls Play L.A., Los Angeles has done just that, doubling the number of girls who play sports at the City’s Recreation and Parks centers in just two short years — making today’s activities accessible to young Angelenos in every neighborhood. To learn more about girls’ sports programming in your community, visit https://www.laparks.org/sports/gpla.