A grant from HCF is helping to put more girls on the playing field by providing sport hijabs to 20 local schools. For Muslim girls, taking part in athletics can be challenging when wearing a traditional hijab due to the fear that it could fall off, or that the fastening pin could injure a player. It’s a particular risk in sports like basketball and soccer. Sport hijabs eliminate these risks with a design that accommodates physical activity. The program, also supported by the Hamilton Muslim Association, will make the hijabs available on loan, just like other sports equipment, helping the girls to enjoy and reap the benefits of more athletic participation both in gym class and on school teams.
Excerpt from Legacy newsletter, Fall 2015