We are currently away at a tournament with my daughter's girls' ice hockey team. While the weekend is spent playing, eating junk, running up and down the hallways of hotels and hearing tons of laughter, many of use know that something more important is happening during these trips.
We sat at breakfast this morning talking with another mother about the challenges our girls face for playing sports. Some face backlash from boys (and even some girls), they face a lack of media coverage of women in sports, and particularly for these girls who play hockey, they're flat out breaking the mold. The NWHL (National Women's Hockey League) is still in its infancy and given almost zero coverage in comparison to other sports. In the end, the girls who play on this team do so because they truly love it. Statistically speaking girls participate in higher numbers in sports like volleyball, basketball, and soccer. Girl hockey players are a rare breed.
So while sitting in the hotel lobby, listening to our girls loudly cackle and mess around, we realize that they are part of something special. We don't always say it out loud, but we know we're doing something good for our daughters by encouraging them to break the mold.
Today is a good day.