The Sky Cares Foundationís main initiative the Chicago Sky Fitness Festival is a health and fitness festival held at Allstate Arena that is designed to show girls 8-18 all the ways they can get active, such as playing a sport, dancing or jumping double-dutch. Having role models, mentors, educators and coaches who model and teach this behavior is a critical aspect of building these positive life habits.
Research proves good habits in health and physical activity help build self-esteem and confidence:
Girls who do 15 minutes of moderate physical activity a day reduce their risk of obesity by almost 50 percent.
Girls who play sports are less likely to do drugs & get pregnant & are more likely to get higher test scores & develop self-confidence.
Oppenheimer Funds study finds 4 out of 5 executive business women played sports growing up.
Sky Cares works with organizations such as Big Sister Little Sister,Girl Scouts, Girls in the Game,YWCA,Girls on the Run,Go Girl Go and area Park Districts to provide mentors and coaches to over 500 girls from the Chicagoland area at the Fitness Festival. Girls visit a variety of interactive exhibitions from fitness providers who introduce them to a variety of ways to be active. The girls receive a t-shirt and goody bag and are energized with a healthy meal. The event concludes when the girls experience the power and poise of professional female athletes and role models during a Chicago Sky basketball game. The game gives the girls an unforgettable opportunity to witness first-hand the motivational message of what can be accomplished through dedication, determination and discipline.
Click here to view video from the 2011 Fitness Festival.