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Jen Welter is the first woman to be in a coaching position for the NFL. As such, it’s only appropriate that she wants to turn the phrase “play like a girl” into a motivational motto. The phrase is usually used as an insult to men and women alike and Welter believes that it’s time for change.
Welter is well-known for her career in professional women’s football. She now works as a sports psychologist. She stole the sports media spotlight when she did a preseason coaching internship with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015. As a spokesperson for the Always #LikeAGirl initiative, Welter helps encourage girls and young women to participate in sports to ultimately boost their confidence and self-esteem.
Many girls don’t believe that they have a place in sports. This is largely because society does not endorse women in sports the same way men in sports are endorsed. Young girls do not get to see enough female role models playing sports.
Welter shared her firsthand experience with this, saying “Even in my entire football career, I never once imagined that I could be a coach in the National Football League, because there was no girl that I could look at on the sidelines and say, ‘I want to be like her when I grow up.’ And now I know that every little girl can grow up with that dream.”
It is a well-known fact that playing sports contributes to confidence building. Always reports that women aged 18 to 24 are likely to be more confident if they regularly play sports. In spite of this, many girls drop out of sports they love because they feel like there isn’t a place for them there.
Because sports helped her become more confident and become the woman she is today, Welter hopes to let young girls know opportunities in sports are available. As Welter went on to say, “To be able to increase that visibility as a female role model increases the possibility and hopefully the acceptability of [women] staying in sports and, like we say, truly playing like a girl.”