The Festival celebrates the Hijabi Ballers project, its athletes and community members. It is meant to bring together all members of the community in support of Muslim women in sports. It will be an opportunity for girls and women to meet each other and make connections through sports, recreation and wellness while having the opportunity to be part of sport spaces in their communities. The event will feature a girls-only multi-sport tournament, drop-in fitness sessions and lots of other fun activities. A full schedule of the day is above!
Through a variety of activities and games, the event is meant to allow youth, children and adults to explore and find what speaks to them in terms of leading healthier lives and being active members in their communities and the spaces it offers. It will also provide an opportunity for people and groups who do not self-identify as 'Muslim female athletes' to learn more about Muslims, about women and their involvement in athletics in their communities.
People of all ages, genders and faiths are welcome to attend the event. Tournament exclusive to girls & women 13+.
Watch our clip with City TV from our first ever sports festival!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Is this a free event?
YES- The Hijabi Ballers Sports Festival is free!
Is registration required?
No registration is required to attend the event. However, to play in the all-female multi-sport tournament, you must register. Registration will open soon.
Is it only open to females?
No! The Sports Festival is open to everyone in the community to gather in support of Hijabi Ballers. People of all ages, genders, religions and backgrounds are invited! The Multi-sport tournament, however, is only reserved for girls and women 13 and up.
Is the event indoors?
No. The festival is held outdoors on the Go Green field. One primary mandate of celebrating Muslim women in sports is made possible by having those outside of the Muslim-female-athlete community recognize and appreciate Muslim female athletes. This festival provides the space and opportunity to make this happen by having the local public, and family and friends of the athletes stop by, watch the games and learn about the people and opportunities in their communities. The event is also held outdoors because we want to make public sport spaces feel accessible and friendly for Muslim women by creating designated spaces for Muslim female athletes to play and enjoy sports. We want you to use this opportunity to feel welcome in your local park space in your hijab, abaya, niqab. etc while celebrating your love for sports!
What are the safety measures provided?
A medic will be on site. For sports and activities requiring safety equipment, they will be provided for you.
Can I wear my cleats on the field?
Sorry, No cleats are allowed on the Go Green Field. Please wear running shoes.
Do I choose which sport to play?
No- This is a multi sport tournament, including soccer, basketball and flag rugby. This means you will get a chance to play all 3 sports, with at least one game of each.
I don't know how to play one (or more) of the sports- Can I still register for the tournament?
YES! Games are meant to range from beginner to intermediate. Many people will have never played before or will have had little exposure to a sport. This is your opportunity to play and learn! A local community organization will be facilitating each game and will give you a brief coaching session on how to play!
Do all team members have to register online?
No. Only one member (Team Captain) will register your team. However, names of all participants must be provided.
Can I change my team once I have already registered?
Players can be added to or retracted from your team after you have already registered. You must email us and let us know of the changes.
I want to sign up but don't have a team of 8-10 players. What should I do?
You can sign up individually or in a team of less than 8 players. We will place you with others to form a complete team and introduce you to each other via email. Don't worry though- the team you signed up with won't be split up!
If I sign up for the tournament, will I get to take part in the other activities?
For sure! The tournament will be spread out throughout the day, when you can take part in the other activities!
All details regarding the 2019 festival will be released soon!
Check out pictures from last year's festival!