FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas athletics department will host a youth clinic celebrating National Girls and Women in Sport Day in Barnhill Arena Saturday.
The fourth annual clinic is conducted as part of a partnership with the Northwest Arkansas Council of Girl Scouts and has more than 80 youth participants and nearly 50 parents scheduled to attend.
“This is a great collaboration between the Girls Scouts and the Lady’Backs, said Cathy Nichols, program director of the Girls Scouts of NOARK Counsel. “First, it offers girls a chance to participate in sports that are not always offered in the school system and second, it’s a chance to meet the Lady’Back teams and see such great role models.”
Activities begin at 8:15 a.m. with a check in followed by a parent panel discussion and the clinic sessions. Parents will attend a panel discussion with Dr. Ro DiBrezzo, professor of exercise science/kinesiology and director of the human performance lab, and Susan Mayes, assistant professor of exercise science/kinesiology and the director of the undergraduate program.
Some of the topics to be discussed include sport, fitness and recreational opportunities for youth; injury care and prevention; the tangible and intangible benefits of sport; nutrition and eating habits and general health and safety.
This year’s youth clinics include sessions with Lady Razorback athletes from golf, gymnastics, soccer and volleyball. The Girl Scouts will be divided into groups and rotation to each mini-clinic where they will take part in hands-on training in each sport.
The clinic concludes at approximately 12:00 p.m. with an autograph session.