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IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT WOMEN AND SPORTS Facts about Girls Women and Sports Before Title IX was passed in 1972 only 1 out of 27 high school girls participated in sports Today 1 out of 25 high school girls plays organized athletics Female student athletes graduate at significantly higher rates 68 than female student nonathletes 59 In 2000 American Sports Data Inc estimated that 38 million girls age 6-17 play basketball Out of the 959 youth boys and girls playing soccer approximately 43 of US are girls and young women Girls who participate in sports are 92 less likely to use drugs 80 less likely to get pregnant and 3 times more likely to graduate and have higher levels of confidence One to three hours of exercise a week over a womans reproductive lifetime can bring about 20-30 percent reduction in the risk of breast cancer and four or more hours of exercise a week can reduce the risk almost 60 percent The longest winning streak in basketball history doesnt belong to a pro team college team or even a mens team It belongs to the Baskin High Lady Rams of Baskin LA who won 218 straight games from 1947-1953 The Babe Babe Didrikson was one of this centurys greatest athletes She dominated the 1932 AAU track championships winning 5 out of 10 events and later won Olympic Gold in Los Angeles As an amateur golfer she won an amazing 13 consecutive tournaments She continued to win 55 tournaments during her career and founded the LPGA in 1949 Facts about Women and the Sports Industry Sports is a 213 billion industry - more than agriculture and motor vehicle sales combined Over 6 million career opportunities are available in the sports industry Over 60 of adult women work fulltime 80 of women identified as key leaders
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