Research shows that on average young women are more likely than young men to quit their sport of choice before the age of 14. But Evanston Township High School has reversed this trend, according to recent data. One reason for the strong showing among female athletes at ETHS is the existence of Girls Play Sports, a program designed to build confidence in young female athletes. Since 2015, the percentage of female athletes at ETHS has topped that of male athletes.
The idea for GPS took shape in 2012, when Chris Livatino, Athletic Director at ETHS, and his wife, Megan Livatino, noticed their daughter was being left out of sports because of her gender. They partnered with fellow parent Liz Brieva – who also coaches volleyball and teaches special education at Haven Middle School – to develop Girls Play Sports (GPS), the soon-to-be answer for gender-based sports discrimination that female athletes may face.
GPS teaches 16 different…
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