A group of approximately 30 enthusiastic girls, ages 8 – 13, from Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood participated in the Girl Power Archery Clinic at Pulaski Park on the afternoon of January 29th.Â This free special event, co-hosted by World Sport Chicago and Disney On Ice, provided young girls with an opportunity to get a hands on introduction to one of the fastest growing sports among girls, nationwide.
To kick off the event, female athletes including Olympic bronze medalist Carol Brown (Rowing), Paralympic silver & bronze medalist Hope Lewellen (Sitting Volleyball & Wheelchair Tennis), and elite athletes, Stephanie Miller (Archery) and Erica Mitchell (Sled Hockey), spoke to the girls about the benefits of sports and encouraged them to get involved in sports.Â The girls were also introduced to skaters from the newest Disney On Ice spectacular, featuring the on-ice debut of the sharpshooting red head Merida and friends from Disney-Pixar’s animated hit movie, BRAVE.
Certified instructors from World Sport Chicago’s archery program then introduced the girls to archery, educating them on safety tips and basic technique while guiding them through the archery activities as the girls took turns shooting at the targets. The girls also learned about the benefits of archery including the development of technique, fine motor control, discipline, mental focus, and patience.
The event concluded with a special appearance by Disney character Merida who greeted and encouraged the participants while posing for group photos with the girls.
For many of these young girls this was their first time trying archery and many expressed interest in returning to Pulaski Park to take an archery class through World Sport Chicago’s program.Â We hope to see them return and stay involved in this great sport!