20th annual AAUW ‘Get in the Game’ at JCC, Saturday

Submitted Photo Kayaking at Get in the Game with Mike Kingsley will be one of the events at this year’s event.

Special to The OBSERVER

In celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the Jamestown Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Jamestown Community College (JCC) will sponsor the 20th annual Get in the Game day-long event on Saturday, for girls in grades 4-7.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. and running through 4 p.m., girls will rotate in age-appropriate groups through eight different sports at the JCC Physical Education Complex. This year, the sports featured are kayaking, rugby, soccer, volleyball, track, basketball, self defense, and dance aerobics.

The sports workshops accommodate all skill levels. Girls will be supervised by AAUW, college and high school volunteers, and first aid assistants are available throughout the event. Registration is limited to 150 girls and costs just $10 per girl. Registration includes a full day of activities, lunch, and a souvenir t-shirt. In recognition of our 20th anniversary GITG, additional gifts for the attendees this year will include a drawstring backpack, volleyball, jump rope and water bottle.

To register, participants can request a registration form via email at gitgjamestown@gmail.com or the Facebook page, Get in the Game — Jamestown, NY. A limited number of scholarships are available. A request for a scholarship should be marked on the registration form. The registration deadline is this Thursday. Due to safety reasons, late arrivals or early dismissals cannot be accommodated.

The annual Get in the Game event was inspired by the Women’s Sports Foundation that created and sponsors annually the National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Over the 20 years that AAUW, The YWCA, and JCC have co-sponsored this event, over 1,800 girls have been given the opportunity to experience new sports, learn about teamwork and leadership skills, and increase their self-esteem and self-confidence as well as develop strategies to create a healthy lifestyle. This year we are pleased to have the support of the Western New York Girls in Sports founded by Mary Wilson, wife of the late Buffalo Bills Owner Ralph Wilson Jr., as a new collaborator.

AAUW is a nationwide organization that advances equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. If interested in learning more about AAUW and the Jamestown AAUW Branch, go to www.aauw.org and jamestown-ny.aauw.net/.