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Western New York Girls in Sports Clinic

Mary Wilson, Founder of WNY Girls in Sports, rallies with a student
 Girls in Sports Clinic
The bi-annual Western New York (WNY) Girls in Sports Clinic was held Saturday, April 21 at the Buffalo Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse.  Over 250 girls ages 9-12 participated in an array of interactive sporting activities, including tennis, basketball, running, volleyball, stretching, golf, fitness, and soccer.
Founded in 2004 by Mary Wilson, the WNY Girls in Sports Clinic hosts girls from various schools throughout Western New York.  The girls who took part in the fun, engaging event learned lifelong skills such as sportsmanship and working as a team.
The day began with opening remarks from founder Mary Wilson and surprise guests from the Western New York Flash Women’s Professional Soccer Team.  The girls then gathered in their groups, took part in a hula-hoop warm-up, and then moved on to their interactive sports stations.
"It is my vision to have girls participating in sports," said Mary Wilson, Founder of WNY Girls in Sports. "It’s a passion and it’s fun."
Wilson hopes that introducing girls to various sports will have a positive impact on them for years to come. "It’s extremely valuable on every level," said Wilson. "You learn sportsmanship, integrity, how to get along with your teammates, you learn how to win and lose."
USTA Eastern is proud to partner with Buffalo Niagara Community Tennis Association (BNCTA) to provide tennis equipment for the event.  We would like to thank Kathy Connelly, Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Medaille College, for recruiting volunteers to assist her with the interactive tennis station.