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UWF Athletics Hosts Girls Sports Day with Girl Scouts

Girls Sports Day (Photo by Ron Besser)
Girls Sports Day (Photo by Ron Besser)

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The University of West Florida athletic department held Girls Sports Day in conjunction with local Girl Scout troops for the first time in six years on Saturday. Overall, 520 girl scouts between the ages of 5 and 18 attended the event that promoted girls participating in sports at the UWF Field House and surrounding areas outdoors.

“The Girls Sports Day was a huge success,” said athletics graduate assistant Erica Laxson. “Girl Scouts from Okaloosa to Escambia County benefited from the instructional time they received from our UWF student-athletes.”

The day began with a short welcome, followed by a stretching activity. UWF strength and conditioning coach, Kent Morgan, and his staff led a 20 minute warm-up before the girls began their rotations.

The girls were broken into groups according to age and rotated throughout stations set up by different UWF women’s sports teams. Included in stations were volleyball, tennis, basketball, softball, soccer, and golf. Each group attended five different activities led by UWF student-athletes and coaches that were tailored to meet the needs of each specific age groups.

The girls also rotated through stations with disc golf and taekwondo, as well as a dance stations run by the UWF Dance Team. Dr. Charlie Song and the Exercise Science Club joined, and presented a career expo for the older groups of girls.

“This was a tremendous opportunity for us to promote athletics and being active among young girls,” commented interim athletic director Dave Scott. “It was great to get out and see 520 girls participating in an array of different events, and to partner with the Girls Scouts in our community to do so.”

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