Girls bring game to event |

Girls bring game to event

Got game, anyone?Any girl through first and fifth grades, anyway.The third annual GirlSports Day attracted less than 150 local girls in those grades. They had the chance to participate in four sports out of eight – basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics, soccer, track and volleyball and this year, two sports were added: Climbing and a unique fitness, strength and nutrition class called “Fitness Every Day.””It was every day fitness and strength things you need to do all of your sports better,” said event organizer Susan Duffey-Smith. “It’s also food as fuel. How to feed yourself as a child athlete, so that you have energy to get through the whole day.”The option to play any four of the eight sports was a hit. “They’re choosing what they do,” said Carol Wallstrom, a mother of two daughters and a volunteer for the day. “It’s all about boosting their self-esteem.”The day was started by Duffey-Smith three years ago to help get grade school age girls involved in sports and to help them get a good idea of what their options are. “I took my daughter to one at the Univ. of Nev. and my daughter had a lot fun,” she said.”It was fun,” said Hanna, Wallstrom’s eight year-old daughter. She tried gymnastics, volleyball, soccer and climbing. “I was thinking I could really try it.””It went well,” Duffey-Smith said. “It was good for all.”She had volunteers, too. Sixteen area coaches and parents and 16 high school and middle school athletes helped out for the day.”The coaches have all been thanking me for making them volunteer,” she said. “To me, that’s a sign of a good event.”GirlSports day was started by the Girl Scouts to encourage young girls nationwide to participate in sports and lead healthy, active lifestyles. The day in Truckee was sponsored by the Girl Scouts and the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District.

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