A shelter-in-place order is in effect for all Alameda County residents. City facilities are closed and non-essential meetings and events are cancelled.  Find more information here.

To limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, both the 2020 Play Like a Girl Bay Area and Sporty Shorts events have been postponed. While the future of large events is still unknown, our hope is that we can put something together in one form or another this fall.

We continue to support empowering girls to play sports and will be working with our community partners to post movies, links to local sports organizations, trivia, and statistics to the Play Like a Girl Facebook page.

Play Like a Girl -half-pager - No Date for City WebsitePlay Like a Girl Bay Area 2020 - POSTPONED
Sunday, June 7
10 am - 2pm
Memorial Park, Albany

It’s no surprise that girls who play sports have better standardized test results than non-athletes. Or that female athletes go on to earn 7% higher annual wages than their non-athlete peers. And we all know sports also helps boost self-esteem. So the City of Albany is stepping up to the plate to encourage girls to kick, run, shoot, and PLAY LIKE A GIRL!!

The Play Like a Girl Bay Area event is aimed at getting girls involved in sports in a fun and supportive environment! Decathlon, the City of Albany, Albany Unified School District and organizations from Albany, Berkeley, Oakland and beyond will be offering more than TWENTY different sports to try out. Each organization will offer hands-on activities so girls ages 2-17 can really experience each sport.

At this year's event, there will also be music, demonstrations, professional athletes and fabulous raffle prizes including a FREE sports camp! Bring your sister, daughter, cousin, or neighbor - this fabulous FREE event is for all girls both young and old. There truly is no other event like it in the country.*

*not actually proven...but probable!

Check back in May for 2020 partners!

 Thank you to our 2019 partners:
Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League
Albany Berkeley Soccer Club
Albany Unified School District
Berkeley Cuong Nhu Karate
Berkeley Lacrosse
Center for Sports & Social Justice
Clif Bar
East Bay Oaks
East Bay Hurricanes
Goal 5
Northern California Ki Society
Oakland Strokes
Pegasus Books
Skate Like a Girl
Skyhawks Sports Academy
Sports Basement
Title IX
Vertical Skillz Outreach
Warriors Community Foundation
West Berkeley Fencing Club
Women Sports Film Festival

 Participating Sports:

Bocce Ball
Flag Football
Mountain Biking

Skate Boarding

Water Polo

Check back in April for the 2020 Movie Night Date! 

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Sports Shorts
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
7 - 9 pm
Landmark Albany Twin

As a prelude to the 2020 Play Like A Girl event, LUNA Bar, Women Sports Film Festival, the Albany Recreation & Community Services Department and the Albany Film Festival are co-hosting a night of Sporty Short films celebrating girls and women breaking barriers and making history through sports.

Admission is FREE (and so are the LUNA bars!) and open to everyone. Reserve your seat today and share with your friends.


  • 6:45 pm: Doors Open
  • 7:00 pm: Welcome and Introductions, City of Albany Recreation & Community Services Department and Women Sports Film Festival
  • 7:10 pm: Boxing Demonstration with local professional boxer, Dalia "La Pantera" Gomez
  • 7:25 pm: Films Roll (for movie information, click here)