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How ultra-durable soccer balls are being used to empower girls across the world

Almost all of our fave memories from when we were younger are of running around outside and laughing with our friends. Whether it was basketball, tag, softball or hide-and-seek, there was always a game, and it didn't really matter what it was as long as you were having fun. But those times aren't just fun, they're also essentially for your development—and totally therapeutic. 

Sadly, not all girls across the world have access to play equipment like soccer balls, and some girls live in areas of the world where life can be tough and war and natural disasters are a big part of their day-to-day reality. The best way to deal, though? Getting out and playing.

A new initiative called All Girls Can Play headed up by the One World Play Project organization is starting a worldwide revolution aimed to empower girls across the world. "Play is the most effective way for kids to recover," says co-founder Lisa Tarver, and three-time US Olympian soccer player Brandi Chastain agrees. "Sport and play gives girls a strong voice on the playground and beyond," Brandi says.

Through the campaign, All Girls Can Play aims to distribute ultra-durable soccer balls that never deflate (score!) to girls all over the globe so that girls can get out, get active and get playing. It's not just fun—it's good for you. Check out the All Girls Can Play website or use the hashtag #AllGirlsCanPlay on social media to see how you can get involved.

What games did you play when you were younger? Discuss in the comments below.

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by Anna-Maria Hand | 2/1/2016