I think we all have memories of our school days and dank, old, and sometimes weird school uniforms. I remember playing girls flag-football in 7th grade (yes I totally did!) and wearing the boy’s basketball jerseys for it (gross!) Or, when I was in 8th grade and had a short stint on the school’s cheerleading team (don’t ask) and we didn’t even have shirts to match the skirts and pompoms so I had to wear a white sweatshirt inside out. While many schools say it isn’t so, I definitely encountered a philosophy of the girl’s teams having either hand-me-down uniforms or none at all and many women have had that experience. The sad reality is that in 2017 this is still happening, and it’s not OK.
My 9 year old competed in track this fall, and while I wasn’t sure if the jerseys supplied were from the boy’s basketball team, they were certainly one size fits all. Running with a jersey that’s the size of a dress is a hindrance so we modified it by tying the side with a hair elastic. What if the school had the funding for new jerseys for the girl’s teams? What if they didn’t have to be swallowed up by an oversized jersey?
Nearly three-quarters (72%) of girls say they are unable to participate to their full potential in high school athletics. According to research done by Playtex Sport, many Canadian girls say their ability to participate in high school sports is limited because they can’t afford athletic participation fees, uniforms or transportation. The research also revealed that Canadian girls think boys’ teams often get more support.
To level the playing field and encourage girls to Play On, Playtex Sport launched the Playtex PlayON Canada Grant Program in August 2016. Through this program, girls’ high school sports teams had the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $5,000 (with a total of $50,000 in grants available). In March 2017 the 13 grant recipients were announced (you can read more here) and now you can be part of the latest Playtex Sport initiative – Gear Giveaways!
Playtex Sport is asking Canadians to share photos of their old gear (including uniforms) on Instagram for the chance to win new gear for themselves or their team. From April through August, anyone can enter by posting a photo of themselves and/or their team using the hashtag #PlayOnWinGear and tagging @PlaytexPlayOn in the photo. A weekly draw will determine the winner(s) and each person in the photo will receive a $100 Sport Chek gift card (up to a maximum of $1500). Click here for Rules and Regulations
If you have photos of your own gear from a current team you’re on, or photos of your daughters or granddaughters in theirs, now is the time to share! Imagine winning a Sport Chek gift card for one or all the members (up to 15) of your team! Talk about motivation to get out there and kick some butt!
I’ve got an awesome giveaway to share with readers as well! To help encourage and support your girls in sport, I’ve got a Gear Giveaway valued at $195 CDN! Included in this prize package is:
· Under Armour duffle bag
· Playtex Sport t-shirt
· Multi-pack of headbands
· High-quality earbuds
· Heavy-duty jump rope
· Playtex PlayOn! water bottle
· Playtex Sport product – 18 super / 18 regular combo pack
To be in to win, just enter your name and email address in the form below, then click BEGIN!