A background in sport can improve a young woman’s leadership potential.

Yet girls – especially those from underrepresented communities – drop out of sports at twice the rate of boys by age 14, causing an intergenerational cycle of poor physical and emotional health and tragically wasted potential.

of women in the C-suite are former athletes

of them played sports at the collegiate level

believe sport helped to accelerate their career

A 2015 study of 400 female C-suite executives conducted by espnW and EY found this undeniable correlation between sports and business success.

Our History

Founded by Dr. Kimberly Clay — mom, businesswoman and STEM pioneer — Play Like a Girl has been breaking boundaries and sparking girls’ imaginations since 2004. Learn more about our journey over the past 15 years.

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Watch our founder Dr. Kim in Ad Council campaign video

The Ad Council’s She Can STEM campaign honors women pioneers in STEM who have changed the game in sports through their innovations and glass-shattering achievements.

We inspire limitless potential in every girl.

We empower girls to become impactful leaders in the STEM workforce by keeping them active in sports through middle school – when they are most likely to drop out – and translating the skills they gain from sport to leadership in the classroom and, ultimately, the workplace.

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It's Working!

Play Like a Girl is creating lasting change for girls in Nashville and across the globe.


1,106

Students engage in Play Like a Girl programs each year

87%

Of Play Like a Girl students play sports in middle school

92%

Students report increased interest in STEM subjects and careers

Read stories of students we’ve empowered

Join us! Stay connected to the movement to inspire play and unlock girls’ potential in STEM.

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How Can You Help?

Make a difference in your community and across the globe.

Make a Donation

We offer a range of opportunities to make a difference in Nashville and other communities in need. Give today! Your gift of $50 or more adds your voice to the movement to inspire play and unlock girls’ potential in STEM.

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Partner with Us

Host Play Like a Girl students for an industry field trip, showcasing your company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and making a positive impact on the next generation of women innovators in your community.

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Volunteer Your Voice

Share the Play Like a Girl story with your social network and add your voice to the movement to inspire play and unlock girls’ potential in STEM. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals, groups and corporate employees.

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