All girls ages six to 12 are welcome at the Monroe County Girls Sports Festival on August 5 from Noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex and the adjacent Monroe Community College athletic fields.
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo discussed the event Wednesday during News 8 at Noon.
“This is a great opportunity for girls ages six to 12 to come out and to participate in all types of sporting activities,” Dinolfo said. “It’s a good chance to try something different, build your self-confidence, meet some new friends and actually have some instruction from local experts here in Monroe County. We’re thrilled to have this program in conjunction with our Youth Bureau and the Monroe County Sports Commission as well, right out at MCC.”
Local Olympian Iris Zimmerman of the Rochester Fencing Club is among those who will be on hand to provide coaching for the girls. “Iris is wonderful!” said Dinolfo. “In fact, I had the chance to meet with her and she tried to teach me how to fence. I’ve never fenced before and I had just a blast doing it. But you know she’s a great role model for our young girls in this community to show that girls can do anything that they want.”
Girls will have the opportunity to try traditional sports like soccer and basketball, as well as some non-traditional sports. “My kids all played soccer so it’s a great sport for sure, but you can try Quidditch, you can try fencing, you can try all types of sports that you might not ever have had the opportunity to be exposed to so it really helps us expand the way we think, to go out and be adventurous, try different things and open ourselves up to new opportunities as well,” Dinolfo said. “Not everyone is going to be an Olympic champion, but certainly everybody can participate in sports, can enjoy sports, not just today but life long adventures, so it’s a great chance to do that. It’s all about exposure for our young people and to build skills that they can bring with them for an entire lifetime of success.”
The registration fee is $20. Girls will receive healthy snacks, refreshments, a Festival t-shirt and souvenir bag. The deadline to register is Monday, July 17, click here.