AN EQUAL PLAYING FIELD
Westward Leaning SPORT was designed to keep you in the game, because when you put confidence and performance on an equal playing field, you become unstoppable.
However, we don’t see this empowering message delivered enough to girls in athletics or in our society. Instead, we see a growing trend of girls dropping out of sports and out of school.
That’s why Westward Leaning is proud to support LADIES FIRST, a special change initiative of Street Soccer USA, that creates mentorship, leadership and teamwork skills through soccer programs for girls and young women ages 6 – 18.
A SPORT FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Beyond motivating girls to get outside and be active, sports are key to gaining the social and emotional learning skills needed to succeed in life. That’s why 90% of Street Soccer USA participants improve their social emotional learning skills in year one.
MADISON 5, SUNSET PARK, NYC
“You learn...how to play soccer. Help friends who don’t know how to play soccer, you help them and show them how to juggle. When they learn it, they sort of learn soccer. When you learn soccer, you get smarter.”
PLAYERS OF STREET SOCCER USA
“Soccer isn’t just about work, it is about working together, being there for each other, working as a team because working as a team is something very valuable and helps people to focus on what they love, you know?”
Reaching 10,000 girls by 2020
Through the sale of SPORT Sunglasses, Westward Leaning will support Street Soccer USA to reach its goals to hire 30 new female managers and coaches to lead and mentor 600 low-income and homeless girls just in year one alone. The outcome of year one will act as a baseline for replicating this model to serve 10,000 girls across by 2020.