- Beth Delany
Thanks to Nike, Chicago Girls Are on the Move this Summer
If anyone can inspire young people to get moving, it's Nike. And the Chicago Park District agrees. When considering that young people are spending less time outdoors during the summer and more time in front of their smartphones, it was important that Nike and Chicago team up in an effort to sweat, play, inspire.
Nike's Girl Camp, which brought in a variety of notable women athletes, took place at both Grand Crossing Park and Eckhart Park from August 5th through 9th.
Reputable role models like WNBA star Cappie Pondexter, midfielder Michele Vasconcelos, Track & Field star Tori Franklin and gymnast Lina Sciortino coached Chicago's youth throughout the four-day experience.
Beyond honing their athletic acuity, young girls captured lessons in confidence, body esteem, academic achievement and mental health while each day's camp was themed with a different "BE." From "Be Brave" to "Be Strong" and "Be Resilient," camp-goers harnessed these themes to uncover various realizations powered by teamwork, sportsmanship and community.
To stay in touch with how the city is motivating Chicago's youth to remain active and involved, follow the Chicago Park District and Nike Chicago.