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Building on the success of its first annual Girls Sports Day in June, LA County Parks continues its initiative to promote gender equality in sports with its #LACountyParksWhereGirlsPlay Fall campaign. The campaign spotlights young girls in sports, and aims to encourage more girls across Los Angeles County to register for Fall sports programs at their local LA County Park.   

“We’re thrilled to offer an affordable registration fee of $25 for all youth sports and to empower girls from all backgrounds to see themselves as athletes,” said Norma E. García-González, director of LA County Parks.

“Our ongoing girls sports initiative aims to assist in closing the gender gap in sports, along with promoting team-building, wellness and fun, and we are excited to work with our partners including ELLA Sports Foundation and others to achieve this goal.”

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According to a national report by the Women’s Sports Foundation, only 31% of young girls ages 6-12 participate in sports on a regular basis compared to about 40% of boys of the same age. LA County Parks’ Girls Sports programs aim to increase participation by hosting an annual Girls Sports Day, offering free clinics, interactive games and more.

“When girls at a young age join sports teams, they learn a lot about teamwork, discipline and what they are capable of – lessons that will help them succeed in the long-run,” said Patty Godoy, Co-Founder of ELLA Sports Foundation. “We hope our efforts will help girls make the jump to join a sports team and inform parents of the importance of having their daughters join sports.”

LA County Parks Fall sports registration is now open for all youth with a low-cost registration fee of $25, which includes uniforms. Fall sports include girls’ soccer, lacrosse and cheerleading. This also marks its inaugural girls flag football sports leagues.

Registration is open until September 30. For more information on LA County Parks sports offerings and registration, please visit www.parks.lacounty.gov/sports/.