“High school girls who play sports are more likely to get better grades in school, and more likely to graduate than girls who do not play sports. Girls and women who play sports have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem and lower levels of depression. Sport is where our children learn about teamwork, goal setting and the pursuit of excellence.” — Women’s Sports Foundation.org

If I was not already sold on the importance of my two daughters – as well as my son – playing sports, the stats and facts I have read over the Women’s Sports Foundation only solidified my resolve to raise physically active girls.

As you can see from the photos of my daughters above, seven-year-old Eve is a swimmer, basketball player and interested in trying new athletic endeavors such as indoor rock climbing. Eve enjoyed swimming in meets this summer so much that she has chosen to compete year-round, forgoing an extra ballet class and extra play time to attend practices. We are so proud of her!

Two-year-old Alice is never happier than when running on a playground, and she is also our most enthusiastic football Sunday tailgater. She loves wearing her Washington, DC team outfit on Game Day. Our neighbors Robert and Jeep Momma regularly rig up their big screens and in the front yard and invite lucky neighbors like us to watch the game together with food and drink, and Alice and Eve are always front and center to watch our home team, with a plate of nachos on their laps and cookie in each hand.

I have shared the girls’ sporty photos in the Verizon FiOS Play Like a Girl contest. Verizon wants to hear from parents like us who are as proud of our daughters’ athletic achievements as our sons’. They want to provide a place to go to show that pride – a place to harness and share the empowering impact that sport can have on the lives of girls. A very cool plus: When we share pictures or videos of the proudest moments of our daughter’s athletic achievements, we are entered to win a $5,000 deluxe tech and sports equipment package. The contest runs from now until November 24, 2013.

Those prizes could enable our girls to be the next sports savant, such as the Verizon Football Girl — one of the best commercials I have seen in a long time.

Verizon is leveraging this football season to promote FiOS as the technology that empowers us to be part of the game. We are a Verizon FiOS family, and we love introducing our three young kids — two of them girls — to this exciting American sport and local team pride.

Verizon FiOS gives your family the connection and speed you need to play with the big boys. Share your proudest moment of your daughter’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 text are all mine.

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