Friday, April 14, 2006

The 8th Annual Girls Sports Day L.A.

Los Angeles - Over 600 girls now play - smarter, faster and stronger thanks to the 8th annual Girls Sports Day L.A. event on April 8th. Rancho Cienega Sports Complex, a City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks facility, hosted the free event that is devoted to increasing female involvement in athletics.

Hundreds of young girls ages 6-16 spent the day learning about and participating in various sports activities, including free clinics in basketball, softball, soccer and golf. Every participant got the chance to spend time in each clinic.

A special guest appearance was made by Mwadi Mabika from the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA in the basketball clinic. Department staff supervised all of the clinics with help from various outside sources. Dorsey High School's Girls Soccer Team helped with the soccer clinic, along with Pretty Tough Sports. Tregnan Golf Academy surveyed the golf clinic and RBI helped to run the softball workshop.

Each participant received lunch and a free t-shirt. The event was established through a partnership between Recreation and Parks and Los Angeles Women in Sports (LAWins), and is part of the Department's Raise the Bar Gender Equity Program, which strives to "achieve gender equity through continuous commitment to girls and women in sports."

Jane Kolb: (213)928-9294, or cell, (323)816-6712

Harvey Drut: (213)9289296, or cell (323)816-6711