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Girl Scouts of the USA thanks Nestlé USA for sponsoring GirlSports as our inaugural partner. Nestlé is a world leader in nutrition, health, and wellness, and their support will revitalize the GirlSports program and ensure we continue to foster leadership skills in girls by encouraging their participation in sports activities.

Since its inception over a decade ago, GirlSports has taught sports skills and promoted physical activity as a positive and engaging pursuit to millions of girls and adult volunteers.

We all know that self-confidence is an essential quality of all great leaders. That's why it's so important for ToGetHerThere to explore the best ways for girls to develop their own self-confidence so that they can reach their full potential as future leaders. Participation in sports can be a big part of building that self-confidence.

In 2003, the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), a leading global resource on the attitudes and behaviors of girls, released The New Normal? What Girls Say About Healthy Living, which reported that for most girls, being healthy has more to do with appearing "normal" and feeling accepted than with following a good diet and getting regular exercise. At the same time, the research shows that physical activity in particular is one of the strongest predictors of both physical and emotional health. Girls need access to more opportunities for informal, less competitive physical activities in safe environments where they don’t feel self-conscious about their looks or abilities, where they can choose the activities they want, and where they can be active in ways that make them generally comfortable.

Explore GirlSports and other fun programs for girls, and learn more about the complete Girl Scout Leadership Experience.