Girls sports in Minnesota are the gold standard in America because in 2018, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, per capita, Minnesota has the most high school girls playing sports.
According to coaches, parents, students and experts, Minnesota is at the intersection of several positive factors:
- The inspiring effect of professional female athletes, particularly the Minnesota Lynx.
- A larger number of girls sports. Many Minnesota sports — hockey, skiing, trap shooting — aren’t even offered in other states.
- A widespread appreciation for equal opportunity in sports at all levels, and for all ages of girls.