February 2, 2011
SEATTLE - The Seattle Storm today announced a new partnership with the Women’s Sports Foundation’s GoGirlGo! program, which teaches girls healthy lifestyle choices through physical activity and discussion of adolescent issues. Like the Storm, GoGirlGo! also provides girls with the confidence they need to become the next generation of healthy and successful leaders with a particular focus on underserved communities.
Today, Feb. 2, also marks the 25th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a celebration of all that Title IX has accomplished since being enacted in 1971.
“We are proud to be working with GoGirlGo! on its efforts to inspire and educate young girls,” Karen Bryant, Seattle Storm CEO said. “Having the ability to provide leadership and increase the participation in sports by young girls is a continued mission of the Storm organization. With both of our organizations focused on improving the lives of our local youth, in particular girls, I know that this partnership will be a success.”
This spring the Storm will be supporting GoGirlGo! by hosting an education and awareness curriculum-based campaign created for girls, coaches and parents to reinforce positive behavior and educate girls about the dangers of inactivity and negative habits that affect long-term health.
“GoGirlGo!, an initiative of the Women's Sports Foundation, is all about inspiring healthy, active and confident young girls,” said Sheri Gazitt, Seattle Director, Women’s Sports Foundation. “These goals are in alignment with those of the Seattle Storm organization. Therefore, this partnership is a natural match.”
To find out more information about getting involved either through volunteering, starting a group, or donations, you can contact Sheri Gazitt at 425-802-2080 or sgazitt@WomensSportsFoundation.org. To view the curriculum, please visit GoGirlGo.com.
GoGirlGo! is the primary programming focus of the Women’s Sports Foundation designed to combat the alarming physical and psychological health hazards affecting America’s young girls. GoGirlGo! uses sport and physical activity as an educational intervention that supports girls’ health and wellness in childhood and early womanhood.
About the Seattle Storm
The 2010 WNBA champion Seattle Storm is one of six independently owned teams in the WNBA, the world’s preeminent women’s professional basketball league. Established in 2000, the Storm is committed to bringing outstanding professional basketball to a diverse and rapidly growing fan base. The team also plays an active role in promoting literacy, health and fitness, support for women and girls and youth basketball in local communities.