in the Game
Girls in the Game (GIG) provides and promotes sports & fitness opportunities,
health education and leadership development to enhance the overall health
and well being of girls in the city of Chicago. Their two-fold purpose
is to: 1) ensure that adequate sports and fitness, leadership development,
health education and life skills programming are made available to girls,
and 2) reduce the barriers that young girls face in sports and activities
that promote healthy lifestyle choices. GIG’s programs empower
girls to make better decisions with regards to their overall health.
GIG participants live in a cross section of neighborhoods on the north,
south and west sides of Chicago as well as in the suburbs, 85% have
family income below the poverty level, 47% are African-American, and
38% are Latina. GIG operates in the Union Park Field house on Chicago’s
near west side which also houses the Chicago Park District Union Park
drop-in after school program for girls and boys.
program consists of a 7 week cooking curriculum that focuses on bringing
nutrition recommendations to the table and empowering children with
the tools to choose healthy lifestyles. This project was designed as
a follow-up to an 8 week “Cooking the Pyramid” curriculum
that was implemented in the fall 2004.