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Explore Our Work



EXPLORE OUR WORK

 

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Explore Our Work



EXPLORE OUR WORK

 

Our work matters. Check out some of the ways to explore what we do. 

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Explore the PHOTOS and PROFILES of girls and women who share their stories of how playing sports has affected their lives.

Check out the EXHIBITS we have held in the U.S. and abroad.

Watch and listen to the voices and girls and women by exploring our VIDEOS. 

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Why Our Work Matters


WHY OUR WORK MATTERS

Why Our Work Matters


WHY OUR WORK MATTERS

WHY IS THIS WORK IMPORTANT?

Sports can change lives. But in many countries, girls and women do not have the opportunity nor the support to play. Reasons for this range from social norms and restrictions imposed by family, schools, and governments, to a lack of places to play or equipment to use, to a lack of images in the media. All of this can combine to keep girls and women on the sidelines in sports, and in their daily lives.

And, as a social welfare project and investment, sports are one of the most important elements that we can provide for girls and women.  Girls and women not only get physical fitness and strength, but they create a sense of community, gain empowerment, face barriers, and then break through them to pursue wins on and off the field.  Involvement in sports has been shown to increase levels of education and involvement in the workforce, elevate levels of income, and improve the lives of those involved. 

Sports can and should be used and viewed as a vehicle to improve the social, physical and psychological well being of women.

This is why our work matters. 

A Lack of Support

Minimal media coverage and minimal financial and social support is a reality for many girls and women in developing countries where cultural stereotypes delineate sports as an activity reserved for men. Historically, this lack of media coverage, and in turn role models, paired with limited funding and strictly defined gender roles, have combined to deter girls and women from participating in athletics in developing countries. By focusing on telling these stories, and connecting those who lack funds and equipment with resources, we are are working to change this. 

If You Can See It, You Can Be It

The images that are around us, influence and affect us. When girls and women do not see images of strong, empowered girls and women, this can create a negative affect. By producing a visual and written example of these girls and women who are playing sports and breaking the mold, this project creates images that fill a media gap. These stories, images, and voices are a call to get women and girls into the game, and to parents, spouses, and teachers, to demonstrate the power that can come from sports.  These stories, images, and voices also aim to bring awareness to non-governmental organizations, governmental organizations and corporations about the benefits that involvement in sports brings to girls and women, and a call for greater support and funding for sports for girls and women. Providing an opportunity for girls and women in developing countries to be exposed to sports opens doors to much more than just success on the field, it creates a space for girls and women to become agents of change and leaders. 

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Filling the Media Gap and Passing on the Power

By bringing these girls and women, and their stories into the public eye, we can make change. We can get more girls and women on to the fields, courts, and streets and create a different future on and off the field.  These images and voices serve as a touchstone - a common vision or thought or experience.  We can create a new generation of women by sharing these images and thoughts, and by showing that sports can serve as a social conduit for destroying social barriers that many times restrict the roles of women. And, by sharing the power of telling one's own story, and the skills of how to do it, we can empower the next generation of media makers. 

Cross Cultural Collaboration

When we share our stories, a bridge is made. By creating a space for girls around the world to share stories about their lives on and off the field, we are helping to build bridges across cultures, countries, religions, and sports. This cross cultural collaboration in conversation and in the form of financial support, is part of our mission. Because sharing and telling stories, is not the only part of the way that change happens. 

More than Just a Game

Since many girls and women in developing nations, and high poverty neighborhoods of the U.S., face more challenges than simply getting the ball passed to them - among them: filling the role of head of household, supporting families with limited resources, discrimination, sexism - initiatives to include sports in the lives of girls and women lives can not simply provide a place to play, but should address issues such as education, familial and spousal abuse, health and AIDS/HIV education. We partner and work with organizations working in all aspects of development, because when sports and the empowering powers of play combine with education, training, and resources, the opportunities for girls and women to lead, become endless. 


OUR GOALS

 

  • to produce a visual record of the benefits of including sports in the lives of girls and women around the world through the creation of exhibitions of photographs, multimedia projects, and documentaries.

  • to create a platform where the faces and voices of girls and women who are changing their communities through their involvement in sports are widely shared.

  • to promote, encourage and expand the image of girls and women who play sports to encourage others who may not believe in the power of sport to see the benefits.

  • to increase the number of girls and women playing and benefiting from sports. 

  • to establish a lasting opportunity for girls and women to be involved in sports in their communities through our Sister Teams program.

  • to create a forum and community, both in the real world and online, for women around the world to interact and share their experiences through our Sister Teams initiative.                  

  • to train a new generation of storytellers, who capture the images and voices of themselves, and the world around them, to tell their own stories. 

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Exhibits


EXHIBITS

Exhibits


EXHIBITS

The Through Her Eyes Project uses multimedia exhibits, online and on the ground, to create a global movement to bring awareness and support to girls and women’s sports around the world. We profile athletes of all ages and abilities to showcase how and why sports empower girls and women. We collect and gather girls and women’s voices and showcase their collective experiences, to demonstrate what they gain from participation in sports and the challenges they face in pursuing a space to play.

We produce traveling exhibitions, pop-up exhibits, and online exhibits comprised of photographs and documentaries, to encourage girls and women to play, increase funding for girls and women’s sports, and create opportunities for girls and women to get in the game both on and off the field. 

Check out some of the places we have exhibited our work below. 

 

 

SIX CITY TOUR OF ECUADOR -2011 

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CHICAGO ART DEPARTMENT - 2012

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SOUTH AMERICAN BEACH GAMES - 2013

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CHICAGO POP UP PILSEN EXHIBIT - 2012

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CHICAGO RED STARS GAME POP UP

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WNBA CHICAGO SKY GAME POP UP

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EVANSTON TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY POP UP 

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Sister Teams


Sister Teams

Sister Teams


Sister Teams

WHAT IS A SISTER TEAM? 

We support and fund girls who lack the resources to play sports in the developing world and under supported areas of the U.S., by partnering with organizations, teams, and individuals in the U.S. Through a unique initiative called - Sister Teams we pair teams and communities in the U.S. with teams and communities in the developing world and in areas of the U.S. that lack resources. The U.S. based teams commit to fundraise and/or collect equipment donations for their sister teams, and the teams build cross cultural relationships through a series of one on one conversations and pen-pal relationships and exchanges. Through this Sister Teams program the girls share stories of their lives and build cross-cultural relationships, and support one another in pursuing their dreams to play on and off the fields and courts.

 

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Education and Training


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