Many Detroit area girls had the amazing opportunity to take part in the Alternatives for Girls’ Rise N’ Shine camp this summer. Alternatives for Girls provided a six week summer day camp for free for girls between the ages of four and fourteen.
Detroit PAL served as one of the vendors that provided a physical activity program to camp participants. Girls were introduced to a variety of both competitive and cooperative games, but soccer and kickball emerged as the most requested activities. “Eventually, I decided to bring the soccer balls to every session because the girls loved playing soccer,” said Ramona Cox, Detroit PAL Associate Athletic Director, who oversees PAL athletic programming for girls.
In addition to Detroit PAL staff, the Wayne State Women’s Basketball team along with their coaches, Head Coach Carrie Lohr and Assistant Coach Karen Lafata, helped facilitate the program. WSU players actively participated in each game with the girls and found themselves having just as much fun as the participants! “This summer we, the Wayne State University women’s basketball team and coaching staff, had the opportunity to spend six weeks with the young ladies from Alternative for Girls in Detroit. It was an amazing experience for our entire program,” said Carrie, “Some may think only the recipients benefit from volunteers, but I believe it is equally as impact to those who serve. WE were honored. Competing in sports certainly teaches us many things; however times like this truly help us grow and develop as people.”
“I had a great time participating in the program. To see the girls faces when you arrived was great because they were all so excited and happy,” said Shay Lewis, Detroit PAL Associate Athletic Director, “It was great to play soccer, kickball and hula hoop with them and see the enjoyment they got out of it, but the best part was them smiling, laughing, and talking to you about anything and everything!” Detroit PAL was able to serve 37 girls at the camp.
The camp held its finale on Friday, August 14th. All of the girls were able to invite their family and friends to watch them sing, dance, and act as they showed everyone what they learned at camp this summer!
Thank you to Alternatives for Girls for putting together this amazing camp for the girls in the city of Detroit to learn and grow and to Ramona Cox, Detroit PAL Associate Athletic Director, for organizing the Detroit PAL activity program for girls!