Women's Network PEI is thrilled to deliver the girls-only baseball program, Girls at Bat, created by Jays Care Foundation. According to the creators, Girls at Bat "provides girls and young women who would normally sit on the sidelines, or not even go near the field, the courage to try."
We delivered the program for the first time in Spring 2018 with funding from the Jays Care Foundation. In the summer of 2018, we received one of PEI's wellness grants to deliver the program again to a fall cohort. We hope to be able to offer the program again in more locations throughout the year. Currently, we are offering Girls at Bat as a free after-school program for girls aged 9 to 11.
Developing Life Skills through Baseball
Women's Network PEI has a history of delivering gender-specific, client-centred and strength-based programs for Island youth and women. The Girls At Bat program encourages girls to strengthen relationships with self and others, to try new things, be active, practice leadership skills, and to make new friends. The program uses baseball as a tool to enhance social and emotional skills with an emphasis on effort, attitude and growth.
Once on the field, the program weaves fun and challenging baseball drills and skills with vital self-esteem, team-building and personal health activities to ensure that all participants gain far more than baseball skills. Research has shown that active children have a better ability to concentrate and that exercise decreased anxiety, reduces depression and improves mood and outlook in children. Physical activity also develops children's self-esteem and confidence and can develop further social skills such as leadership and empathy.