Sports, Health, and Fun at Girls in the Game
On Saturday, March 24, Girls in the Game served up a double dose of family fun to 120 After School participants and their family and friends with morning and afternoon sessions of programming. Girls and their families were met by Girls in the Game volunteers at their schools all over the city and transported by bus to Seward Park for three hours of fun!
At Seward Park Girls in the Game coaches, joined by volunteers from UPS and Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers, led the participants through three rotations. During the sports rotation, the girls and their families started out with important warm ups and stretches before going on to practice their volleyball and tennis skills. Everyone warmed up with a fun jump roping activity that required both sharing jump ropes and listening to instructions as the coaches called out what kind of jump to do, either front, back, jog, or ski jumping.
Next up was nutrition. Girls in the Game teamed up with the Junior League Kids in the Kitchen volunteers to make healthy snacks. The fruit parfait table taught girls how to make their own snack of Greek yogurt, agave nectar, and fruits and berries. “I never tried raspberries before, they’re so good!” remarked one of the participants.
The final station, leadership, focused on teamwork. After playing a few rounds of tag, the girls talked about what being a girl in the game or a friend of a girl in the game meant. Many girls brought up important concepts such as respect and health, and one girl said, “Now I know I can be just as good at sports as boys.”
Tired and happy, participants boarded their busses to return home. When asked what could have made the day better, one girl responded, “Nothing, it’s already perfect!”