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Girls Inc. of Huntsville Partners with Girls High School Basketball Coach for National Girls and Women in Sports Day

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Girls Inc. of Huntsville Partners with Girls High School Basketball Coach for National Girls and Women in Sports Day

What: Girls Inc. of Huntsville will host a Basketball Clinic is in recognition of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a national holiday that promotes girls leading healthy lives through early and sustained participation in sports.  Over 60 girls from Kindergarten to 8th grade will learn drills and develop basic skills for mastering the basketball court.

Who: Drills and practice will be lead by Lee High School’s Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Je’taime Silas.   Girls Inc. of Huntsville afterschool facilitators and the Executive Director, Stephanie Malone, will also be on site overseeing the clinic.

Why: Despite the rise and prominence of female athletes, too many girls still encounter obstacles that keep them from having full access to sports. Stereotypes about what it means to “throw like a girl,” lack of access in low-income communities, harassment, and even sexual abuse serve as significant barriers to girls getting in the game. In addition, research shows that girls are more likely to have less self-confidence and greater body-image dissatisfaction than boys, and so often view their performance and abilities more negatively, keeping them from participating in sports.

Girls Inc. of Huntsville is tackling these challenges by providing girls at an early age the opportunity to enjoy physical activity, sports, and be adventurous. Through sports, girls not only improve and increase their physical health, but they also develop courage, confidence, self-reliance, and other critical life skills that carry well into adulthood.

Who Should Attend: The clinic is for Girls Inc. of Huntsville program participants.  Media is invited.  Community members who are interested in supporting Girls Inc. of Huntsville or curious about volunteering with the program are also welcome to attend.  Media and interested community members are kindly requested to contact Girls Inc. of Huntsville to reserve a spot at kanderson@girlsinc-huntsville.com or call Kiliaen Anderson at 256-859-0011.

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 4 PM.  Rain or Shine.

Where: Dr. Richard Showers, Sr. Recreation Center Gymnasium – 4600 Blue Spring Rd NW, Huntsville, AL 35810. Free parking is available outside the center.

Special Note: The event will take place just days after CBS and Girls Inc. of Huntsville’s national organization, Girls Inc., joined together to create a CBS Cares public service announcement aired during the CBS Television Network’s SUPER BOWL LIII coverage, Sunday, Feb. 3, and after the Super Bowl on the CBS Sports Network.  It also coincides with Girls Inc. of Huntsville’s Team Sport Campaign.  The Team Sport campaign is focused on raising $3000, to fund Girls Inc. of Huntsville’s sports program for girls. If you would like more information or to donate to the campaign, please visit  www.gofundme.com/team-sports-for-girls-inc-huntsville .

About Girls Inc. of Huntsville

Girls Inc. of Huntsville (GIH) is a United States 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. GIH was founded in 1972 and has been serving Madison County for 46 years.

In 2018 GIH served close to 600 girls in Madison County, ages 5 – 18. GIH provided over 97,000 hours of direct service programming to participants. 55% of GIH girls come from single-parent households; 58% have household incomes under $30,000 per year and are eligible for free and reduced lunch at the schools where they attend; 96% of GIH girls are girls of color (Black and Hispanic).  Join us at girlsinc-huntsville.com.

About National Girls & Women in Sports Day (Feb 6)

February 6, 2019 marks the 33rd Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). For more than three decades, this celebration has empowered women and girls to get moving, reap the benefits of physical activity and push past their limits both in sports and in life. For more information visit ngwsd.org/about/.

About Coach Silas
Coach Silas lives in Huntsville and earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Alabama A&M University. He teaches math at Lee High School and coaches the Varsity Girls Basketball and Football Teams.

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