A big delivery of t-shirts just made its way to Girls in the Game’s offices and I’m so excited. Not only because it took a comical amount of emails to finalize the quantities, color and sizes of the shirts, although that’s part of it. I’m excited for all of the girls who will put these shirts on over the next couple of weeks as they become a girl in the game.
This year, for the first time, we’re able to give a Girls in the Game t-shirt to every girl enrolled in our After School program. We’ve always given t-shirts to summer camper participants, since taking 120 girls on a field trip necessitates a brightly colored t-shirt to keep track of the group. But we’ve always operated on a lean budget and when it came time to make cuts, t-shirts for After School was always one of the first things on the list.
This year, we decided that wouldn’t happen and I’m so glad we did.
We talk a lot about teamwork and supporting each other at Girls in the Game. One of the most important things we do is create a safe space for girls to try new things and talk about issues that aren’t always easy to talk about. We need teamwork and we need the girls to feel like a team. T-shirts help do that.
My husband and I recently joined a kickball team. We only knew one other couple on the team so we weren’t sure what to expect when we showed up the first day. We quickly learned a few things, among them that most kickball players don’t take recreational sports as seriously as we do, a good kick in kickball is harder than it looks, and bunting is perfectly acceptable. But we also received our team shirts on that first day, immediately helping us feel like part of the green team and giving us a sense of belonging despite our rookie status.
When our Coaches distribute shirts to all of this year’s After School participants, we hope to inspire the same sense of belonging. We want them to identify as part of the Girls in the Game team and recognize each other as fellow teammates to encourage and support. .
I’ve talked a lot lately about how we want Girls in the Game, and the girls who are a part of Girls in the Game, to be loud and proud this year. We think that will be a lot easier to do when we’re all wearing the same uniform.
Some of our coaches and girls with their new t-shirts!