Unknown Author – NESA News. Winter 2018. Volume 20 (2)
For the last two years, Cairo American College has hosted an in credible program that is making a difference for girls. “Girls Get Strong” was created in 2015 by Becky Riddle, CAC PE Teacher. She and CAC Superintendent Wayne Rutherford presented the program to other NESA educators at the recent NESA Fall Leadership Conference in Abu Dhabi. This initiative is quickly spreading to other NESA schools.
Girls Get Strong is a collaborative, educational, and hands-on organization that unites students, coaches, and community members. It is designed to support the development of young women’s physical, emotional, and social skills within athletics. Through this organization, Girls Get Strong strives to increase educational collaboration between community members and coaches, support a multi-sport athletic community, and empower young women in and out of athletics.
- Empowerment through health and fitness.
- Collaboration between community resources and coaches.
- Injury awareness and prevention of female-specific injuries.
- Nutritional awareness to support healthy eating habits.
- Psychological self-awareness and empowerment.
- Encourage the development of a multi-sport athletic community.
Girls Get Strong strives to increase educational collaboration between community members and coaches, support a multi-sport athletic community, and empower young women in and out of athletics.
Girls Get Strong hosted its second Health and Fitness Conference last March with the theme ”Breaking Boundaries”. A wide variety of health and fitness experts helped girls in Grades 5-12 break the boundaries preventing them from living a healthy lifestyle. Topics
included: gender profiling in athletics, communication, goal setting, injury prevention and rehabilitation, leadership, make up, nutrition, self-image, and time management.
Students also participated in fitness activities including body attack, bollywood, crossfit, kickboXing, step aerobics, TRX, yoga, and zumba.
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