Foudy: "Women Can Play"

By wbng sports

February 9, 2011 Updated Feb 9, 2011 at 12:23 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton)

"It's nice to see its getting more attention and you're getting some ratings to back it."

Former Olympian Julie Foudy is encouraged to see the growing popularity for women's sports, from pee wee leagues through the big leagues.

And she believes that's because more women's sports are shown on national broadcasts.

"Here you are providing this really tangible realistic example for these kids, for these girls. Specifically to say I can do what she's doing, I grew up like she did. I look like her, I'm the same size as her and I can do that. I think that's a powerful image young girls need to see."

Earlier this year Hannah Kimmel of Harpursville broke the all-time scoring mark in Section 4 this season.
A record that had also previously been held by a man, just like the UCONN women breaking the win streak record once held by the UCLA men.

"I think we have to look at it and say yes, they're different sports and they're played differently, but please give them their due for this phenomenal record they just broke."

She adds the biggest key to the success of women's sports is having fans just give them a chance.

"I think gradually, as we become more a part of the conversation and people start to embrace it a little more and they see that it's a different style of game but the women can play and it's entertaining in its own right and maybe your young daughter wants to watch that."

Pretending to be your favorite sports hero isn't just reserved for little boys anymore.

Little girls now can watch their favorite women's athletes, thanks to the coverage of women's sports like softball, basketball, and the sport that made Foudy famous, soccer.

For this week's Action Sports spotlight, I'm Gabe Osterhout.

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