Three Reasons Why Every Girl Should Play Basketball

Three Reasons Why Every Girl Should Play Basketball

By Calla O'Neil

Calla O'Neil on left 

Calla O'Neil on left 

Basketball has been such an important part of my life and my journey of figuring out who I am.

The incredible sport has affected me in three major ways, and if every teenage girl played basketball I think their middle school experience would be much more positive.

1: basketball teaches girls how to be an effective leader. When you're on a team, you consistently are put in leadership situations. You have to learn how to support your teammates during the game, you have to learn how to motivate your teammates when they aren’t giving their best performance, and you have to learn to lead by example and show them what they are supposed to do.

These are all examples of what an effective leader has to do.

Additionally, girls are taught collaboration, which is a key quality of a leader. Whatever you choose to do in life, you have to be able to work with people effectively. Basketball is a team sport and in order to win you must work together as a team and utilize everyone’s strengths, which is important for a leader to do in any type of group project. I have been able to apply the leadership skills that I have learned to school and other aspects of my life, which has really helped me and I think it will really help other girls as well.

2: Basketball introduces girls to people they would never get to meet otherwise. For many girls, their only friends are their school friends because school is where they spend most of their time. However, being on a basketball team gives you the opportunity to meet a bunch of other girls.

Basketball has provided me with nine best friends and I am so grateful to have them in my life.

After a hard and sometimes lonely day at school, I look forward to going to practice and being with my friends. I feel so lucky to have an amazing group of friends that I get to see four times a week, and that's all because of basketball. Middle school can be a tough place to fit in for a lot of girls, and basketball is a great escape from that and is an opportunity to meet wonderful people.


3.  Basketball allows girls to develop an incredible work ethic. The amazing thing about basketball is that you are not just representing yourself when you are playing in a game, but you are representing your team.

When you are a part of something that is bigger than yourself, you work harder because you don’t want to let your teammates down.

You are pushed by your teammates to be better and you are determined to do your part to help your team win the game. The work ethic you gain by consistently pushing yourself to be as good as your teammates helps you in all areas of life, including school. I think a lot of other girls would benefit from playing basketball and gaining a strong work ethic because it will help them now as a middle school student and later on in life. 

Overall, basketball has made me a better, stronger, and more confident young girl.

I have been able to meet amazing people and have learned so many life lessons through playing this amazing game. I encourage all young girls to play basketball because it has impacted my life in the most amazing way and has brought me so much joy.  And I know it can do the same for other girls.


Anya Alvarez