"Employing Women; Empowering Girls"
Did you know that girls and young women who play sports are more likely to achieve their personal goals, are better equipped to deal with adversity, empowered to draw upon their own personal strengths and build pathways to strong and healthy lives by participating in sports and physical activities?
Did you also know there is a sharp dropout rate from sports among girls between grades 6-8 with the highest rate occurring at the age of 14 when girls quit sports at twice the rate of boys? Nearly half will quit because they “don’t see a future in sports” (reflected by the fact the number of women in coaching has decreased significantly over the last decade) and over a third will leave a sport they love because they believe “they aren’t good enough.” Many will never experience the benefit of sports because of family financial circumstances.
Zero Gravity is a nonprofit organization that sees gymnastics differently. The mission of Zero Gravity is to provide opportunities for all girls and young women- especially socio-economically disadvantaged and racially/ethnically diverse girls to participate in athletic movement . It is Zero Gravity's philosophy that options should be available for girls who love the sport to reach their potential regardless of income or competitive spirit.
Social Media Policy
You’ve probably noticed- Zero Gravity doesn’t have an large social media image. There is a reason for that.
We’ve made a very conscious decision not to actively engage in social media except for the purpose of marketing fundraisers and events. Zero Gravity’s philosophy centers around the whole well-being of our athletes; physically, emotionally, mentally and socially. Studies have proven what we, as parents, have already suspected (and witnessed in the lives of our own children); there’s dramatic increases in depression, body image issues, bullying, peer pressure and significant decreases in self-confidence and perception of self-worth among youth (particularly young women) who regularly interact with social media platforms.
While any athleteor family is welcome to post images or videos of their athlete to their own accounts at their own discretion of where they feel comfortable and safe to do so, Zero Gravity will not post any content outside of our website without the express permission of the athlete or family. Our content is contained within our website in our Member’s Only portal.
Zero Gravity believes that no athlete participating in our organization should feel unsafe physically, emotionally, mentally or socially. We support girls and young women growing as independent, resilient and confident persons and believe in providing a safe and encouraging environment for them to thrive and create personal goals and challenges.