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Many girls first get in the game through a Game Day, a three-hour event introducing different sports and fitness activities while teaching girls leadership, nutrition and life-skills. Girls have fun in an all-girl environment and learn to enjoy being healthy and active. Game Days are divided into three rotations. One rotation teaches girls a sport they are familiar with like basketball while another rotation introduces a non-traditional sport like yoga. The third rotation covers health and leadership topics such as bullying, healthy relationships and nutrition.
Once girls experience a Game Day, they usually want to become more involved with Girls in the Game. All Game Day participants are invited to join other Girls in the Game programs such as our Sports and Leadership Summer Camp
as well as our Super Saturdays throughout the school year. From 2011-2012 academic year, Girls in the Game held Game Days at 25 schools, community centers and parks throughout the city serving over 1,000 girls.
"The girls were beaming when they left school on Friday, exuding a confidence that comes when one has given their best and engaged in meaningful work," says Principal Cynthia Fogarty. Download and read her full testimonial, here
Game Days provide girls with fun, safe and accessible opportunities to:
- Be active
- Try new sports
- Express themselves
- Build interpersonal skills
- Make new friends
- Learn the benefits of working as a team
Girls in the Game will also hold Super Saturday events around the city for girls and their families to play different sports and learn about important health and leadership topics. Super Saturdays will be held at parks around the city on the following dates:
- Saturday, December 15 in North Lawndale at Homan Square Park
- Saturday, March 2 in Englewood (Location TBD)
- Saturday, May 18 in Humboldt Park (Location TBD)
Because Game Days and Super Saturdays travel to different sites
throughout the city, they are a great opportunity to get the community
involved. We look for sponsors
to make Game Days and Super Saturdays succeed. If you're interested in getting more involved please contact Vanessa Mizel
at 312.633.GAME (4263), or complete this short information request form
"Today I learned that healthy things feel good."
- 5th grade Game Day participant