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Event – EmpowerHer

The “EmpowerHer” program commenced on July 2nd, 2023 at Terraview Park and it was a start to something special! Sponsored by the MLSE Foundation, this event kicked off the first-ever girls-only soccer program which was all about fun, learning soccer, and important life skills. The program, spanning eight weeks, was designed to use soccer as a vehicle to empower young girls, emphasizing the development of both their athletic skills and life competencies.

The day started with a series of lively games and dynamic warm up, getting everyone to stretch and ready for action! The girls then honed their soccer skills through drills, learning the basics of dribbling, passing, and shooting. Scrimmages brought these lessons to life, fostering teamwork and sportsmanship. Lunchtime was a chance for everyone to sit down together, share stories, and enjoy some delicious food. It felt like a big family picnic! The day concluded with a reflective closing circle, where participants discussed their day, sharing insights and favorite moments.This was a special time for the girls to share their reflections on the day’s activities, discuss the life skill of the week, and bond over their experiences. 

This 8-week journey was more than just about playing soccer; it was about making friends, learning new things, and growing up a bit along the way. The “EmpowerHer” program proved the power of sports in empowering and fostering self-confidence in young girls, offering them the tools to grow both on and off the field.