MADISON, Wis. – On Monday evenings, female student-athletes come together to encourage all girls to be strong, smart and bold like the nationally-recognized organization, Girls Inc.
Since it can be challenging for girls to take risks and manage physical, intellectual and emotional changes, this program raises awareness for math and science education, pregnancy and drug abuse prevention, media literacy, economic literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention, and sports participation.
The Goodman Community Center creates a safe and inclusive environment for its members to explore new ideas and step out of their comfort zone. Anika Nelson of women’s rowing noted the impact that Girls Inc. had not only on female youth in the area, but also on herself.
“I loved working with Girls Inc. It was a challenge to gain the girls’ trust [at first], but showing up consistently really helped with that,” said Nelson. “I’m glad I could give back to a community that has given me, as an athlete, so much.”
During past visits, student-athletes tutored girls on homework and participated in a variety of physical activities including dodgeball, tag, nature walks and self-defense.
Gabby Scherle from softball credits Girls Inc. for being a great opportunity to bond and build relationships with middle school girls in the Madison community.
“It’s always a good time playing games and having some friendly competition,” Scherle said. “I feel like I continue to get to know them better each time I go.”
Community outreach opportunities like Girls Inc. at the Goodman Community Center give our Badger student-athletes a platform to positively influence the Madison community and empower females everywhere.
For more information on the Goodman Community Center, please visit their website at www.goodmancenter.org.