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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout teaches soccer to girls to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (April 4, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Emily R. created a soccer training manual for a 10-year-old girls’ soccer team to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“I learned how to interact with young girls and adults alike, how to organize soccer practices and how to communicate better with adults,” says Emily, a senior at Clear Lake High School.

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

“I chose this project because I love soccer and wanted to help younger girls learn the importance of organized sports and better their soccer skills,” explains Emily.

Emily’s training manual contained soccer drills she developed through her own research and experience. She and her volunteers attended the team’s practices, where they taught the drills during warm-ups and cool-downs. She also held bi-weekly meetings with the team’s coaches to assess the girls’ progress and goals. By the end of the five-month training season, the team had progressed to playoffs.

“She has always been self-directed and determined, but she learned to interact with all types of personalities,” says Michelle Rose, Emily’s mother. “She interacted with the coaches at an adult level, she directed her peers to empower the younger girls and she learned to deal with the various personalities of the young players on the team.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, she has also won her Silver and Bronze Awards. At Clear Lake High School, Emily is involved in the National Honor Society, the mentorship program and more. Following graduation, she plans to attend Baylor University to study business.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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