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  GIRLS PLAY SPORTS WINTER 2016 NEWSLETTER

Girls Play Sports is dedicated to fostering leadership skills and confidence in girls through their participation in a wide variety of sports.
The December Team GPS Track & Field and Volleyball session was a huge hit. The girls bonded as they learned about these sports and were led by the female high school  athletes in discussions about Friendships and Relationships.  
In December, Girls Play Sports hosted its first ever Winter 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.  We had over 50 girls registered for this amazing event!  Coach Elliot Whitefield and the ETHS girls basketball team and coaching staff began the event with a skills segment to ensure that the basic 3-on-3 fundamentals were taught.  Teams were then assembled and the girls competed against each other for prizes and bragging rights! 
The next GPS Tournament will be the Spring Badminton Tournament on March 26th from 9:00am - 12:00am.  All middle school girls are invited to join Girls Play Sports and the ETHS badminton players at ETHS for this event.  

As always, Financial Aid is Available: We provide opportunities for ALL girls to join Girls Play Sports, because we believe cost should never be an obstacle to participation.

 
The girls that participated in the January Team GPS (Tennis and Badminton) unit last month all did a great job!  For many of them, at least one of the sports was new for them and they could really see how the skills and strategy of each sport complimented the other.  They had a blast playing in the Tennis and Badminton tournament on the final day.  

They also heard two great presentations from Brenda Philips from 
PrismPathways about Career Exploration.
Team GPS is getting ready to start the February (Softball and Bowling) monthly unit. The high school female student athletes are looking forward to teaching the middle school girls all about their sports on February 14th.  

The monthly discussion topic for November is Psychology of Sport. The March monthly unit is Cheerleading, Gymnastics and Poms with a discussion topic on Body Image.

 
Thanks to all who have donated to Girls Play Sports in 2015! 
Your support helps ensure that ALL girls can participate in our programs.  
 
You can DONATE NOW to our Girls Play Sports programs to ensure that our programs can continue to run in the Evanston community!
The Evanston Community Foundation 
recently awarded 
Girls Play Sports 
their capacity building 
Root2Fruit Grant.
 

The Root2Fruit Grant is designed to increase the capacity of small nonprofits in Evanston.  As a grantee, Girls Play Sports will receive $10,000 in 2016 and will become part of a peer learning network, mentored by an advisory committee for three years.  Past grantees have seen improvements in their budgets, fundraising and development capacity, board recruitment and the ability to expand their services.  

Girls Play Sports feels extremely fortunate to have received this grant.  This will allow us to continue to build our nonprofit and bring our programs to girls in Evanston.  

We would like to thank the Evanston Community Foundation for their continued support of Girls Play Sports!  
We have completed almost 50 Girls Play Sports After School Clinics at ten District 65 schools and Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center this school year so far. This program introduces fourth and fifth grade girls to 12 different sports throughout the school year.  

Over 200 girls have been taught the basic fundamentals by ETHS female athletes of Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Cross Country, Volleyball, Track & Field, Badminton and Tennis through fun drills and contests. We hope this introduction sparks an interest in the girls to pursue new sports!  

ETHS female Softball and Bowling athletes began visiting the elementary schools this week to teach the
girls about their sports.

 
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