Powerful "When I Play" Short Film for ESPNW Shuts Down Stereotypes in the Best Way

Written and directed by Allison Glock for espnW, the new "When I Play" short film "gives voice to every woman and girl who sees their movement as a movement."

The film features 17-year-old soccer player Emebet, 28-year-old powerlifter Vicky, 27-year-old skater Ashley, 25-year-old dancer Heather, and 48-year-old power lifter Lara, who have all played their respective sport despite what others have said. Individually, they've broken down gender stereotypes — regardless of age, race, size, et cetera.

"I do not agree that 'playing like a man' is a compliment...
My effort, my ambition, my desire
For me
For every woman, every girl
Who dares to see herself as something more
Than a body to be rated
A score to be kept
When I play, I keep my own score"

Watch the full ESPNW video, which was created and produced by an all-female team, below:

Read the full poem on ESPNW.

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