22 September 2012
Sport-It Girl Initiative Launch
A Partnership between Swin Cash’s Cash for Kids non-profit and Girls in the Game
WHEN: September 22, 2012
WHERE: Skills Clinic @ Chicago Sky Practice Facility (Sachs Recreation Ctr.)
Dinner and Attendance at Chicago Sky game @ Allstate Arena
WHO: Forty (40) middle-school girls from the Chicago Public Schools
- They are presenting the “Mastering the Fundamentals” Skills Clinic
- NIKE is also providing 40 pairs of basketball shoes for the girls.
THE CHICAGO SKY FOUNDATION
- The Sky Foundation is sponsoring the buses for the day and providing tickets to the game for the girls
The Sport-It Girl Initiative targets 40 middle school girls who are involved in GITG and provides indepth mentoring and programming focused on sports, leadership, health and community service. Swin developed the Sport-It Girl Initiative as a way to honor the 40th Anniversary of Title IX.
Swin Cash had a vision to develop a mentoring program for middle-school aged girls. In order to recognize the impact that Title IX has had on her life, she chose to create Sport-It Girl as a program that would honor the 40th Anniversary of Title IX by partnering with Girls in the Game to identify and work with 40 girls from the Chicago Public Schools. She specifically wanted girls who showed leadership promise and who illustrated a commitment to give back. In other words, she wanted to identify girls who reminded her of herself at that age. Then she envisions providing long-term mentoring of and programming specifically for these girls. The Sport-It Girl Initiative will also include a social media component to allow her regular interaction with the girls in a substantial way.
Swin selected Girls in the Game to partner with her on Sport-It Girl because they are an established charity with a comparable mission in Chicagoland.
Additionally, Swin intends to assist Girls in the Game with their strategic plans of expansion by developing Sport-It Girl in the Pittsburgh area in partnership with YouthPlaces.
ABOUT CASH FOR KIDS
Cash for Kids is committed to providing the essential tools – on and off the court – for kids to “get in the game.” We use sports and cultural activities to motivate, educate and elevate. Though we wish to embrace all youth, our focus is on the communities of McKeesport, PA, Pittsburgh, PA and Chicago, IL.
Swin is the Founder of Cash for Kids, a 501 (c)(3) charity whose motto is “BELIEVE, ACHIEVE, THEN LEAD!” Cash for Kids is Swin’s way of showing the community that she is more than just points and rebounds. Through Cash for Kids, Swin has helped well over a thousand children across the nation with a particular focus on fitness, education and leadership.
ABOUT GIRLS IN THE GAME
Girls in the Game provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education, and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well-being of girls.
Since 1995, Girls in the Game, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, has emerged as a leading girls’ health and fitness organization in Chicago. Every year, Girls in the Game empowers more than 3,000 girls to make healthier choices and develop the confidence and leadership skills they need to succeed on and off the field. From yoga and lacrosse to soccer and dance,Girls in the Game exposes girls to a wide and energizing mix of sports and fitness activities year round.
Girls are encouraged to get in the game —any game—so they can learn teamwork and determination, and to make choices that lead to a happier, healthier life. All sports and fitness programming includes hands-on workshops on nutrition, health and leadership.
ABOUT YOUTH PLACES
YouthPlaces ensures that underserved, high risk youth ages 12-18 engage in quality after-school programs within their own neighborhoods that are shaped by the community and youth leaders in order to develop the skills of youth and increase their opportunity for success.