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GR8 Girls

About GR8 Girls

GR8 Girls LogoGR8 Girls is a program of GR8 Sports, Great Kids, which is managed by the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation. GR8 Girls was founded to give K-8 girls at Grand Rapids Public Schools access to positive after-school sports experiences. Most school districts don’t provide elementary athletic programs at all, and require that students “pay to play” at any level. For GRPS, where over 86% of the children receive free lunches, this is simply not a realistic option. By leveraging both district and private dollars, GRPS can offer an accessible and sustainable K-8 athletics program to all students.

Thanks to GR8 Girls, girls from kindergarten to eighth grade can participate in after-school athletics at GRPS. Just in the last year more than 2,000 girls participated in the program.  We were able to provide equipment and uniforms as well as coaching and transportation needs. We hope to continue to grow that number and help our girls be great!

Why GR8 Girls?

We know from research that girls and women who play sports are less likely to become obese or develop heart disease. They have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem, and lower levels of depression. They have lower rates of teen pregnancy and drug use. They get better grades and are more likely to graduate. They learn about teamwork, goal-setting, and other skills that can help them in the workplace. As the Women’s Sports Foundation notes on its website, “It is no accident that 80 percent of female executives at Fortune 500 companies identified themselves as former ‘tomboys’ – having played sports.”

GR8 girls soccer picture


Give to GR8 Girls

Limited edition tech shirts are available for $50.  These awesome shirts are one-of-a-kind and are a great way to show your support for girl’s after-school sports within the Grand Rapids Public Schools.   The shirts will go fast, so reserve yours today and join us in supporting our girls!  All proceeds go directly to support the GR8 Girls program.


We do have one special request (besides not turning the shirt into your pajama shirt): please wear your GR8 Girls shirt proudly and take a photo of yourself wearing it in any race or sporting competition you participate in (yes, this includes Ping-Pong, foosball or underwater basket weaving) – then tag GR8 Sports, Great Kids!

GR8 Girls Soccer Image 8-2016 with tees