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West Florida Athletes Participate in 2nd Annual Girls Sports Day

Female athletes mentor 240 girls during event

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

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Female student-athletes across six sports at the University of West Florida participated in this year’s Girls Sports Day along with 240 girls from the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle. Troops from Santa Rosa, Escambia, Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay counties attended the event that lasted from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. this past Saturday.

“We were really excited that the Girl Scouts were able to join us again this year for Girls Sports Day, and it’s an event we hope to continue in coming years,” said UWF Athletics Compliance Graduate Assistant Erica Laxson. “It was an enriching experience for both our student-athletes and the girls alike, as the student-athletes were allowed to develop leadership skills while the girls sampled different sports that they might like to try in the future.”

Girls ranging from ages 7-11 spent the first 30 minutes of their day stretching with UWF Strength and Conditioning coaches before breaking into five groups that rotated through instructional groups with the women’s soccer, softball, women’s basketball, volleyball, and women’s tennis teams. West Florida’s female athletes taught skills such as kicking, throwing, catching, dribbling, and passing during 25 minute sessions with the groups.

“Participating in Girls Sports Day is a great way to reach out to the community,” said senior softball player Melissa Chastang. “It has helped me along with many of the women at UWF build character while engaging in a lifetime experience. Having the ability to interact and enjoy the time spent with the young children can also be impactful on their lives.”

The Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle invites girls from kindergarten to twelfth grade, to join the adventure and empower themselves through courage, confidence and character, to make the world a better place. Currently, the council serves 7,150 girls and 2,400 volunteers across 19 counties of the Florida Panhandle. To volunteer or join Girl Scouts, contact the local council office at 1-888-271-8778 or visit

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