Good Sports: Encouraging Black Female Athletes

Despite the positive effect that sports have on young girls, female athletes still don't get the credit they deserve.

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It's hard to miss the confidence exuded in the photographs of the women in Say It Loud. And as you read about these women, such as tennis powerhouse Althea Gibson, you understand why.

"These women were not afraid to be different," Jones said. "Instead of giving in to peer pressure, these women embraced what was different and unique about themselves."

The goal is not for black girls to become professional athletes or NCAA champions, although that would be wonderful. The point is giving these girls a better chance at success and happiness. Sports won't solve every problem for every black girl, but it could definitely give them the edge that so many of them desperately need. 

Jacque Reid is a broadcast journalist and a contributing editor to The Root. Listen to her biweekly on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, visit her at and follow her on Twitter.

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