Have you seen the new VerizonÂ FiOSÂ commercial with #FiOSFootballGirl?
I love it.
Take a minute to watch. No pressure, but it will make you laugh.
(It’s a series! Check out all the #FiOSFootballGirl’sÂ videos at herÂ YouTube page.)
THIS is exactly what I want my girls to be:Â fearless, clever,Â tenacious, and wildly successful.
I love the part with the brother and his friends, mouths agape. One of them says, “I follow her blog. It’s so good, dude.”
I have big dreams about my girls beingÂ thatÂ girl.
I want people to stop what they’re doing and say, “She’s so good, dude.”
Because they have worked harder than anyone else, and they – are – just – so – good.
Technology that lets you rise to greatness.
So VerizonÂ FiOSÂ is running a (brilliant) contest about what it means toÂ play like a girl. They want to hear from parents who are as proud of their daughters’ achievements as they are of their sons’ (or, for parents like me,Â their hypothetical sons ).
Because not just boys play sports.
Girls play sports. Girls rock sports.Â
Girls who play sports report high self-esteem and self-confidence, achieve higher grades, and are more physically fit than girls who don’t. They are more successful later in life, getting better grades in college, and later occupying more leadership positions in business and society. They believe in themselves. They know their competence and the value of hard work. Â They learn determination and discipline and perseverance.
The benefits of girls’ playing sports go on and on and on. Seriously.
Don’t believe me. ReadÂ theÂ 2007 United Nations report on Women, Gender Equality, and Sports. By the time you have finished page 30 of the report, you will be signing your daughter up for every sport offered within 90 minutes of your home.
Ice hockey and figure skating? Yes and yes!
Basketball, soccer, softball, gymnastics? Yes, yes, yes, yes!
Ballet and tap dancing? Yes!
Karate, field hockey, skiing, tennis! Yes, yes, yes, yes!
I wonder if bowling counts as a sport in this case.
Okay, I’ll stop. You get the idea.
Grace dances. She intends to be a professional ballet dancer, part-time, when she’s not working at the zoo as an elephant doctor.
I put Grace in ballet class when she was 3. She went to 6 lessons, and then she quit. A few months later, she went back for a couple of weeks and quit again.
When she was 5, she decided that she was going to become a professional ballet dancer.
I asked how she was going to become a professional ballet dancer being that she’d been to fewer than 10 ballet classes ever.
“Mom.” (It was a two-syllable Mom. You know the one.) “I learned everything I need to know about ballet dancing when I was 3. I’m really good at it.”
Confidence, we have it.
So this year, she had the opportunity to take weekly ballet and tap dancing classes at the cyber school, and she surprised me by asking to take both. She’s learning real stuff now – positions andÂ pliÃ©sÂ and the French word that means to lift yourÂ backward leg up to your waist.
We haven’t ventured into the world of organized team sports (yet), but she also ice skates. Ice skating was Grace’s first foray into something that was very difficult for her – and I wouldn’t let her quit. She fought and fought and fought with me, sometimes explosively. She would cry and scream and sometimes, I had to pick her up by the armpits and slide her out onto the ice to glide or fall on her own.
We both persevered.
She loves ice skating. The turn happened somewhere around the fifth class. She went to lessons for a whole year, and the only reason she isn’t going right now is that homeschool ice skating lessons are at the same day and time as ballet and tap dancing. She had to choose, and she chose dance.
Because it’s going to be her vocation, of course.
What is FiOS?
FiOS is technology that empowers you to beÂ part of the game. It’s that powerful.
Joe and I met and dated during Penn State football season. We watched every pre-show, every wrap-up, every weekly Penn State Sports show, and listened to every college football pundit.
Joe still tries to be that fan, but I’m more of a game day kickoff to overtime watcher these days, if I can squeeze it in.
Whether you’re like Joe or like me, Â 100% Fiber Optic FiOS empowers you to take your football experience to new heights by getting you closer to the game.
You’ll be at the center of every play, every touchdown, every Tweet, any given Saturday (or Sunday) – with America’s fastest, most reliable internet and the unbeatable picture quality that only FiOS delivers.
Play Like a Girl Contest
Get all the details for the Play Like a Girl ContestÂ atÂ Â www.verizon.com/playlikeagirl. The gist is that one family who shares their story on that page will receive a Deluxe Tech & Sports Equipment Package worth over $5,000! It includes things like a 20 MP camera, a Microsoft Surface Pro, iPod, and an enormous Amazon gift certificate.
Verizon FiOS gives your family the connection and speed you need to play with the big boys. Share your proudest moment of your daughterâ€™s athletic achievements at www.verizon.com/playlikeagirl. You could be chosen to win a grand prize valued at $5,000!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Verizon. The opinions and most of the text are mine.
© 2013, Tara Ziegmont. All rights reserved.