Drexel University Online teamed up with non-profits Philly Girls Got Game and Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey to provide an opportunity for young girls to attend the Drexel University women’s basketball game recently.
Young girls ages 6 to 16 attended a free basketball game and had a first-hand look at some of their role models on the court. During the game, the girls were able to interact and bond with other motivated young girls while watching the basketball game from the stands.
After the game the girls participated in a private meet and greet with the Drexel women’s basketball team.
Temple Public Health student Kennisha White is currently working with Girls Inc. as an intern. Crediting her grandmother as her inspiration, White feels it is very important to have a role model because it gives individuals a positive person and a ready-made motivational resource.
“I enjoyed spending time with the girls outside of the classroom,” she said. “Giving the girls the opportunity to attend the game and enjoy an experience that they might not have had was meaningful.
“It was inspiring to see young women in college achieve their goals as well as excel in something they love doing on the court,” White added. “This showed the girls that they too have the potential to attend college and reach the goals they set for themselves. For the team it was also inspiring to see that they are positively impacting people in their community and giving them hope.”
Inspired by the various charitable projects individual employees participate in, Drexel University Online wanted to use its athletics sponsorship in a way to give back to the local community.
Both non-profit organizations encouraged all girls to be strong, smart and bold. They focused on the unique needs of girls through advocacy, education, sports and direct services, including the development of mentoring relationships.
Reid Moss of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey received a $2,500 scholarship to attend Spelman College. She credits the organization with increasing her self-image, enhancing her speaking skills and giving her a safe environment to learn. In effort to play it forward, Moss gave back when she became a volunteer facilitator to help share lessons about money, health and college readiness with other young girls.
"It is crucial to provide girls with the resources and role models to encourage them to share their voices, dream big, and envision themselves as tomorrow's leaders," said Joyce M. Roché, President and Chief Executive Officer of Girls Inc.
For more information, visit www.girlsinc.com.