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Girls and GRIT is a collaborative fundraising initiative between KidSport Edmonton and the Paralympic Sports Association that empowers girls to participate in sport by removing financial barriers so more girls can play.

Girls are underrepresented in sport making up only 30% of all kids who access both programs. Research shows that girls are more likely to lead healthier lives when physical activity is encouraged at a young age.

Girls and GRIT is empowering girls to participate in sport by raising funds that will be dedicated to funding KidSport registration fees and Paralympic Sport Association equipment for girls in any sport they choose.

Developing the skills for a healthy lifestyle takes commitment. To achieve our goal, on-going support is required. Sign up for monthly donations or multi-year donation commitments.

Barriers for Girls in Sport

25 years of research demonstrates that by age 14, twice as many girls are dropping out of sports as boys. The Women’s Sports Foundation has identified key factors which contribute to this alarming statistic, including: lack of access, safety and transportation issues, social stigma, decreased quality of experience, and a lack of positive role models.

While many girls face barriers to participation in sport and physical activity, some have insurmountable barriers that need our attention and support to overcome. Specifically, girls from low socioeconomic families and girls with disabilities experience multiple barriers accessing the positive benefits of childhood experiences through participating in sport and physical activity.

Girls and GRIT empowers girls to participate in sport by removing barriers so more girls can play because healthy and active kids grow into healthy and active adults.

Let the research speak for itself!

How to Get Involved

It’s more than the donor dollars; we want conversation, collaboration, and community.

Advocate for underprivileged girls in our community by helping them access sport
Get to know and connect with like-minded women and men in our community
Collaborate within the community to break as many sport related barriers as possible
Educate the community on the gender gap in sports and work together to close the gap

Advisory Committee

Girls and Grit Partners