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You Go, Girl!

Mills Women reach out to Oakland girls through sports

Beginning with a short informational meeting on Thursday, February 4, the Mills College track and field team will launch its spring season of You Go, Girl!, an after-school program focused on mentoring and teaching track and field skills to underserved girls (ages 8-12) in Oakland. The program will use curriculum from the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Go Girl Go! branch that focuses on sportsmanship, building self-esteem, nutrition, body image, respect, drug prevention, and healthy competition.

The program will run every Thursday from 4-5:45 pm February 4–March 18, and conclude with a celebration on April 1. In addition to our regular program, all registered girls will have a chance to compete on Saturday, April 24 at the Mills Track and Field Open, a collegiate meet with several youth events (family, friends, and teachers invited!). Please note that the program will not run on Thursday, March 25, the week of Mills College’s spring break.

Each hour and 45-minute segment will include 45 minutes of physical activity (including time where Mills athletes and coaches will teach track and field skills to the girls), a 15-minute healthy snack break, and 30 minutes of mentoring time where the girls will meet one-on-one with a Mills athlete and go through the Go Girls! Guide to Life and scrap book.

Note: Transportation to and from the Mills Campus is not provided. This spring there are 15 spots open for girls (ages 8–12) who can get to the Mills campus by 4:00 pm and be picked up at 5:45 pm. Each girl will have a Mills College student-athlete mentor, and will also have weekly coaching by multiple collegiate coaches. The program will also include a special guest visit from Track and Field Olympian Marilyn King.

To register for the program, please call Head Coach Laura Davis at 510.430.3282 or email her at ldavis@mills.edu. All participants must have previously arranged transportation and sign a permission slip waiver.

Spring 2010 Sessions will include:

Session 1: An introduction to Olympian Thinking; Athletic focus: Warm-ups and post-competition

Session 2: Elissa Steamer, Holding on at Home (Family Issues); Athletic focus: Learning how to run

Session 3: Sanya Richards, Emotion Commotion (Emotions)/Olympian Thinking, Putting it to use; Athletic focus: Intro to the Turbo Javelin (safe for children)

Session 4: Diana Taurasi, Beating Bullies/Olympian Thinking, Your road map for life part 1; Athletic Focus: Learning the hurdles part 1

Session 5: Nia Abdallah, Fueling Up (Nutrition); Athletic focus: Learning the hurdles part 2

Session 6: Seilala Sua, The Skinny Struggle (Body Image); Athletic focus: Starting blocks

Session 7: Julie Foudy, Kicking Butts (Smoking)/Olympian Thinking; Athletic focus: Relays

Session 8: Jeanette Lee, Accept ‘n’ Respect (Diversity)/ Olympian Thinking, Your Road Map for Life part 2; Athletic focus: Revisiting the Turbo Javelin

Final Meeting: You Go, Girl! Celebration and final preparation for the Mills Track and Field Open.

Contact Information

Haas Pavilion

P: 510.430.2172
F: 510.430.2276
E: athletics@mills.edu


Last Updated: 2/10/10