Women's History Month

Sorry, Guys — The Reason These Female Athletes Play Sports Has Nothing To Do With You

"I'm not going to try to look a certain way anymore to fit someone else's standards.”

espnW kicked off Women's History Month with a video that contains a single message: women play sports for themselves.

The organization released a short film, titled When I Play, which centers around a poem about why female athletes participate in sports and what it means to them. The film's creative director, Allison Glock, wrote the poem, hired an all-female production team, and featured a range of athletes from Atlanta.

Glock told espnW that the film is a way to give female athletes a chance to stand up for what they enjoy doing.

"When I Play is a film that directly and unapologetically celebrates who we are, what we want to be, why our visibility matters, and gives voice to women and girls who see their athleticism as a way to reclaim themselves, to find themselves, and to embrace their power," she said.

espnW also spoke to some of the athletes featured in the video and asked them how playing sports makes them feel.

Emebet, a 17-year-old soccer player, said, "I love sport because it does not focus on beauty. You are supposed to get dirty, sweaty and play with all your heart. And playing soccer makes me feel powerful and graceful at the same time."

Meanwhile, 48-year-old powerlifter Lara brought up the importance of conforming to your own standards.

"I am in better shape now than when I was 20," she said. "I love my muscle! I've worked very hard for every bit of it. I often hear women say they don't want to lift heavy for fear of getting bulky, and it makes me cringe every time. I'm not going to try to look a certain way anymore to fit someone else's standards."


Watch the full video below:

espnW also posted the video on Twitter and received positive feedback from others:

(H/T: espnW)


Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest news and exclusive updates.