Remember this ad from the mid-90’s?
I had it pinned to my cork board in my room when I was in my early 20’s.
The small print says:
If you let me play…
I will like myself more;
I will have more self-confidence,
I will be 60 percent less likely to get breast cancer;
I will suffer less depression.
I will be more likely to leave a man who beats me.
I will be less likely to get pregnant
I will learn what it means to be strong.
If you let me play sports.
There was also this corresponding TV ad from Nike released around the same time:
Now that it’s Spring and time to register our daughters for the summer soccer and softball season, this ad seems especially important. I don’t know what made me think of it, or search for it online, but I’m glad I did. In my exhausted mom state, I needed this reminder of why I run around to practices and games all summer. Instead of dreading our super busy summer, I’m really looking forward to it as an investment in my daughters’ futures. Watching them play and have fun has another added bonus: It’s fun for me too!.
Funny – It doesn’t seem so crazy to be busy driving the girls around to their sports every night after all, now does it?
Question/Sharing: What sports did you play as a child?