Play Like a Girl+ Piedmont

A young girl in mid-air trying out the long jump

When: Sunday, May 5, 2024: 10am-1pm

Where: Witter Field @ Piedmont High School (800 Magnolia Avenue)

Who: Girls+ ages 2-18

How much: FREE! Register today

Empowering Girls+ to Play Sports

Play Like a Girl+ is a fun, FREE, interactive day of hands-on activities, live-demonstrations, inspiring role models, and good vibes — all aimed at getting girls ages 2-18 pumped about new sports!

Join us on Sunday, May 5th for:

  • 25 staffed drop-in stations, each with a different sport to try
  • Meet-and-greets with pro athletes, Olympians, and Paralympians
  • Sports Equipment Swap, hosted by event sponsor Dress Best for Less
  • Giveaways and fabulous raffle prizes

Sports | Athletes | New | Why Play Like a Girl+?

Play Like a Girl+ is an inclusive event open to all female-identifying, non-binary, gender nonconforming, and gender queer youth.

We need volunteers! Want to help? Let us know!

Featured Sport Demo Stations and Host Organizations

Professional, Olympic & Paralympic Athletes

Bring questions, wonderings, and curiosities for four amazing athletes will be doing Q&A on the main stage in addition to demonstrating their sport throughout the event!


  • Dalia "La Pantera" Gomez, Professional Boxer
  • Dana Vollmer-Grant, 5-time Olympic Gold Medalist (Swimming)
  • Tamara Holmes, Professional Female Baseball Player
  • Bethany Zummo, 2-time Paralympic Gold Medalist (Sitting Volleyball)

New for 2024

Firefighter Fitness

See what it takes to be a firefighter!

Hosted by the Piedmont Fire Department and Tamara Holmes of the Oakland Fire Department

Sports Equipment Swap

Bring gently used sports equipment (no clothing!) your child is no longer using and swap it for something new to you! Each child that donates will be entered into a special raffle.

Hosted by event sponsor Dress Best for Less

Event Contacts

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Why Play like a Girl?

Substantial research has shown a direct link between participation in sports and better educational opportunities, positive health benefits, and improved career outcomes for girls:

  • Girls who participate in sports are significantly more likely to graduate high school compared to non-athletes. The correlation is particularly strong for African American and Latinx girls.
  • Overall, young girls who play sports have higher grades and score higher on standardized tests than non-athletes.
  • Girls who participate in high school sports have higher rates of labor force participation and earn 7% higher wages than non-athlete peers.
  • In a 2013 study of 821 senior managers and executives, 94% of female executives reported playing organized sports after primary school

Play Like a Girl+ Piedmont is just one part of the Piedmont Recreation Department's efforts to empower girls through athletics. In 2023, the Department's Title XI basketball jersey initiative was recognized by the California Park & Recreation Society as "Outstanding Justice, Equity,, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Program or Event of the Year."

Volunteer at Play Like a Girl+

Have a passion for sports? Need to complete community service hours? Support Play Like a Girl+ and girls in athletics by volunteering on May 5th.

We need volunteers:

Pre/Post Event

Help with set-up and breakdown! You'll help Recreation staff with tents, tables, chairs, and other tasks as needed.

Good for people who: Like using their hands, are unavailable during event times, want fewer volunteer hours.

During the Event

Welcome attendees, assist arrivals and drop-off, direct foot traffic to the site, distribute T-shirts, collect raffle tickets, and assist staff with other tasks as needed.

Good for people who: Like people, are quick on their feet, are familiar with Witter Field and surrounding area, want more volunteer hours.


Sign up to volunteer!. We'll send details about your assignment by email before the event.


THANK YOU to our Title Event Sponsor, Dress Best for Less.

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