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Throw Like a Girl – Lead Like a Champion

February 6, 2008 marked the 22nd annual National Girls & Women In Sports Day (NGWSD). In February, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council joined thousands of sports educators, coaches, athletic directors, recreation directors, association members, sponsors, students, and parents across the country to show their support of women and girls in sports and of this year's theme, "Throw like a girl - Lead like a champion!"

NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. Hyman died of Marfan's Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

“My favorite sports to play are volleyball, golf and I also like track,” said Girl Scout Megan S. “My favorite female athletes are my mom and Annika Sorenstam. My mom used to run professional track and win medals,” she said. “I would like to play golf as good as Annika one day.”

On Saturday, February 9 area San Jacinto Council Girl Scouts taped a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for TV Informa with the Houston Dynamo. Defensive player Craig Waibel worked with a group of Girl Scouts to shoot the 30-second PSA. “We had so much fun kicking the ball on the field with him,” said seven year-old Brownie Girl Scout Christen H. “He kicked the ball in a lot of different ways. It was so cool.”

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

GSSJC Pluralism Statement
Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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