I can’t believe we’re already in week three! Our second week was fantastic, with many highlights. Throughout my time here, I keep comparing Sports and Leadership Summer Camp to the camps I attended as a young girl. Girls in the Game sets such a high standard. Every single girl spends hours a day learning to compete in all kinds of sports. Ultimate Frisbee Day was a challenge for me – thank goodness for Coach Vanessa, our Non-Traditional Sports Specialist. “I’m not so good at this myself,” I tell her early in the morning. “All right,” she says matter-of-factly. “We’re practicing. Now.” I’m a bit taken aback, but I am reminded that our girls have to try new things every day, so I owe it to them to try (and potentially struggle with) a new game. It’s only a few minutes after 8:00 am, but Coach Vanessa has me out on the field working on my throw. After just a few minutes of practice, the disc starts floating closer to my intended target. Instead of lofting up into the wind, it flies low, level and relatively straight. Before I know it, many of our counselors have joined in and we’re passing the disc all over the park. We look like a fierce organized Frisbee team in our matching camp shirts. As they start to arrive, the girls begin to include themselves as well, completely willing to jump right in and give it a try. Some girls grab discs of their own and start passing circles with their teammates. We still have fifteen minutes before any programming is scheduled to begin, but instead of sitting and waiting, the girls are up and running around. I step back to get a drink and realize just how much fun it is to compete, regardless of the sport. Even making the smallest of improvements was rewarding and made me want to keep working. I could have stayed out there all day, passing with coaches and campers alike.
Check back soon for updates and pictures from our many field trips!