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To kick off Women’s History Month in a most powerful and visually dynamic way, espnW released “When I Play”, this women-created and produced short film (2-minutes) that gives voice to every woman and girl who sees their movement as a movement.

After you watch, read the script of the film’s voice-over below… then print a copy and post it somewhere you’ll see it and be inspired every day.


To Whom It May Concern:

What I am doing here is not for you

Not for your judgment or your appraisal
Not for your assessment or your arousal

No boy I know has ever been told he shouldn’t play
Couldn’t play

I am no longer interested in shouldn’ts
Or couldn’ts
Or rules not written for me

I am not worried about getting too big or too strong
Or too fast
Or too full of myself

I do not agree that “playing like a man” is a compliment

What I am doing here is not
For
You

Movement
Is a movement

My effort, my ambition, my desire
For me

For every woman, every girl
Who dares to see herself as something more

Than a body to be rated
A score to be kept

When I play, I keep my own score
When I play, I know who I am
When I play, 
I forget how it feels to be boxed in
To be boxed out

When I play, I feel no shame
When I play, I remember
How it feels
To be free

This court This field
This world
Too small to hold me

When I play I know I won’t be undone
I won’t be unsung

My humility
My humanity

My movement a movement

This is not the end of my dream

This
Is where I

Wake Up

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