Fair Play for Girls in Sports

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Fair Play for Girls in Sports promotes the health, well-being, education, and future employment opportunities of girls in grades K-12, particularly in low-income areas, by ensuring sports programs provided by public schools and park and recreation departments afford girls equal athletic opportunities as required by Title IX and California state law AB 2404.  Fair Play for Girls in Sports is tackling these issues with generous support from John and Terry Levin and the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of California.

 
  • Education and Outreach: Conducting trainings for a wide array of audiences, such as K-12 girls, families, coaches, and park/school administrators, on the benefits of sports for girls and the rights afforded to girls seeking equality in school and community athletics. 
     
  • Fair Play Helpline and Email: Fielding questions about Title IX, AB 2404, and school or park compliance with the laws through Fair Play’s toll-free help-line (877-593-0074) or e-mail (fairplay@las-elc.org).
     
  • Data Collection: Compiling information and reporting on school and park and recreation practices regarding gender equity in community and school sports programs.
     
  • Technical Assistance: Offering technical assistance to school districts, parks and recreation departments, peer organizations, and state and federal legislators to increase understanding and compliance with Title IX and AB 2404.
     
  • Pre-litigation Solutions and Litigation: Engaging in negotiations to secure and monitor agreements and, in select instances, conducting litigation when other strategies prove ineffective to advance equity for girls.

Participating in sports has a profound and lasting positive effect on the future of girls. Studies show that high school girls involved in team sports are significantly more likely to graduate from high school and are more likely to be successful in the workplace.  This is especially true for low-income girls and girls of color.

Since the enactment of Title IX over 40 years ago, significant strides have been made in securing equality for girls and women in collegiate sports.  However, compliance with the law in elementary, middle, and high schools is marginal at best.  There is a similar need to ensure equal access to athletic opportunities for low-income girls through local park and recreation departments—a right afforded by California law AB 2404.