Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County is pleased to be the recipient of $8,750 from the United States Tennis Association Foundation for “Girls Raise a Racquet” program to be delivered during the 2013 Summer Camp at Girls Inc.
Research indicates that if a girl does not participate in sports by the time she is 10, there is only a 10% chance she will participate when she is 25 years of age. Thus, the importance to engage girls at an early age to a variety of physical activities, including team and individual competitive sports.
Through this program, girls 5-14 will be provided a supportive environment to learn tennis skills and also concepts like winning, losing, success, failure, friendship, cooperation and healthy competition. By the end of the 10 week camp girls will be able to understand the rules and concepts of the game of tennis, including scoring and will gain basic skill sets like how to serve and volley.
Heather Hackett, Wellness Coordinator of Girls Inc. says “We are thrilled to deliver the tennis program with the support of USTA Florida and its charitable arm, the USTA Florida Section Foundation. Girls need to engage in exercise and understand that it will help their overall mental well-being and helps them feel better about their bodies. Girls also need to be encouraged to believe they all have an inner-athlete.”
Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County is dedicated to “inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold” and fulfills its mission of empowering girls aged five and up to be self-confident, responsible and well-rounded individuals by delivering research-based, age-appropriate, after-school and summer educational and sports programs. In the past two years, Girls Inc. has served over 2,000 girls at its facility and throughout the Sarasota County School System. Dedicated in 1976, Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County recently celebrated 30 years of service to our community. For more information about Girls Inc. contact Kay Mathers at 366-6646, ext. 207 or Kay@girlsincsrq.org.