Sixty-five young athletes and 25 volunteers made Golden’s first ever Fast and Female Golden Champ Camp a great success.
“It definitely exceeded all our expectations,” said Jordan Petrovics, manager of recreation services for the Town of Golden.
The Town of Golden teamed up with Golden Sport 4 Life, a volunteer group dedicated to broadening the sports opportunities in the community, to bring the international organization to Golden.
“We’re looking at initiatives and ways to introduce events where kids can do multiple different sports, so they can try new things,” said Petrovics. That is the basic philosophy of Sport 4 Life, to introduce kids to as many sports as possible, that way they will have the foundational skills to move from sport to sport throughout their lives as their passions change.
The girls participated in a variety of activities during the one-day camp on May 3, including soccer, hockey, boot camp, Zumba, yoga, and some conversation and informational sessions as well.
“The Fast and Female event concept was a perfect fit for this initiative,” said Petrovics. National studies have shown that teenage girls are particularly vulnerable when it comes to dropping out of a particular sport, and not engaging in another.
There are plans to bring the event back for the winter, and volunteers are also talking about planning a similar event to engage the young boys in the community.
The numerous volunteers are what made this event a success, and Petrovics is particularly pleased with the variety of people who came to help out.
“The volunteer turnout and the number of people who have gotten engaged has been great,” he said. “And the diversity of the volunteers is really exciting. Not only did we get parents of girls who were participating, but also parents of boys who thought it was a great project to be involved in, and also some younger women in the community who don’t have children, but are involved in sports and wanted to help out.”