Freeskiing Programs

It's All About Olenick

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USSA
2012-10-15 09:14
 

 

U.S. Freeskiing athlete Meg Olenick took time out of rehabbing her fourth knee injury to lead "It's All About Her," a girls' sports camp. Olenick was inspired to create the camp after hearing a startling statistic from the Women's Sports Foundation that, by the age of 14, girls drop out of sports at twice the rate of boys. The camp, where Olenick sought to introduce girls to the positive, lifelong benefits of sport, took place in Carbondale, CO, her hometown. 

  • U.S. Freeskiing athlete Meg Olenick led a girls' sports camp called "It's All About Her" in Carbondale, CO, in September.
  • Olenick was prompted to create the camp after hearing that, by the age of 14, girls are twice as likely to drop out of sports compared to boys.
  • Girls at the camp participated in soccer, kickball, team building activities and relay races, obstacle courses and a group yoga session.
  • Olenick is currently rehabbing from her fourth knee injury at the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City, UT.

 

QUOTES

Meg Olenick, U.S. Freeskiing 

My favorite moment from the entire weekend was when a young girl about the age of 8 grabbed my hand to get my attention and told me, "I have hated soccer and playing sports until this weekend but because of this camp I am going to join the soccer team." It made me feel like I was making a difference.

Sports have been such a big part of my life and gotten me to where I am today. I wanted to motivate girls and give them confidence to play sports so we can maybe begin to change that statistic. Girls are at a disadvantage to begin with so I think it is important to build a community of girlfriends that you can go and play sports and do activities with. I saw friendships build over two days and knew that I was making a difference in these young girls' lives.