WMU News

Women's hockey hosts Girl Scouts for Sports Day

Jan. 23, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Girl Scouts of Glowing Embers Council and WMU women's hockey have teamed for a program titled "Be a Hockey Fan" as part of this year's celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

The program is Friday, Feb. 1, at Lawson Ice Arena, before and during the women's hockey match between WMU and Michigan State. The event will bring Girl Scouts together with the WMU hockey players, allowing the girls to meet the players and even skate with the team prior to the contest. The hockey match begins at 6 p.m.

More than 650 girls and family members are planning to attend, making "Be a Hockey Fan" one of the larger programs ever sponsored by Girl Scouts of Glowing Embers Council. It is also expected to help to set a league attendance record for the WMU women's hockey team.

Vickie Poucher is a program specialist with the Girl Scouts. Poucher says, "Through this partnership with the WMU women's hockey team, we have the opportunity to introduce girls to a sport they might never have seen women playing and to expose them to strong, successful female athletes at the college level. We think the thrill of attending a sports event like this and meeting some great role models will have a huge impact on girls."

"Celebrating 30 Years of Title IX," is the theme of the 16th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Thursday, Feb. 6, is the official date of the annual commemoration, but several associated events are planned for both the weekends preceding and following Feb. 6.

Girl Scouts of the USA is a major sponsor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. More information can be found at <www.ngwsdcentral.com>. Girl Scouts of Glowing Embers Council is a United Way agency serving Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties.

Media contact: Alicia Hoiles, Glowing Embers Council, 269 343-1516

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