According to town officials fewer girls have been participating in winter athletics during the last couple of years, particularly in the sport of basketball. Of the 320 players participating in the town’s popular local youth basketball league this winter, only 39 are girls!
These numbers are of particular concern to town and school officials who believe that the benefits of female participation in athletics extend well beyond the court.
To increase interest, both the Arlington Girls and Boys Girls Club (ABGC) and Arlington Recreation are organizing basketball programs specifically for girls during early spring 2016. APN spoke with a coach of one of those clinics about the benefits of organized sports.