Local female athletes look to make mark on the court
JEFFERSON CITY —
The week of February 7 marked National Women in Sports Day.
According to the Women's Sports Foundation, 69 percent of girls in the United States participated in organized and team sports. Nationally, boys out rank girls in sports participation in all grades between third and twelfth grade.
The Jefferson City High School Lady Jays basketball and volleyball teams are full of women who want the world to know they can do anything men can do.
"We do work out, we do weight lift, and we do as much as guys do in sports," volleyball player, Corrin Lepper, said.
Many of the athletes said proving those who doubt their abilities on the court as females can be just as fun as the game itself.
"People don't think girls are as strong, or we're not as active as boys are. Then when we come out and prove them wrong it's a good feeling," basketball player, Ileah Chambly, said.
One coach said she is encouraged by the women who are becoming involved in sports at a higher level.
"Sports have been male dominated for a long time and I think we see more and more females kind of making their marks on programs and opening up the door for young girls to have more opportunities," volleyball coach, Lisa Hoffmeyer, said.
The women said they will take the lessons they have learned in sports with them wherever they go later in life.
"You can take what you learn on the basketball court for example, and you can apply it to the classroom, or to the real world, or your job, or just anything you do," Jen Bowen, the girls varsity basketball assistant coach, said.
"It builds character so you know how to depend on others and have others depend on you. It also builds trust between you and other people," Chambly said.
Hoffmeyer said sports teach young women about success.
"The world is a world of competition. It's a world of cooperation and competition so you have to learn how to cooperate with people and how to be successful together," Hoffmeyer said.
Together the Lady Jays Basketball teams has proved to be successful with a 15 and six record so far this season.
The Women's Sports Foundation said more than 75 percent of working women feel sports participation helps enhance their self-image.