FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2018
Contact: Tom Chiappetta, 203-984-4806
Fairfield County Sports Commission renews financial support of Carver’s Girls’ Development Program
For the second consecutive year, the Fairfield County Sports Commission (FCSC) is partnering with the Carver Center in Norwalk to support a Girls’ Development Program. FCSC donated $9,000 for the eight-week program led by Shannon Bates, Carver’s Director of Recreation Programs, and Career Coach Eve St. Surin.
FCSC also sponsors the Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy at Carver.
“Helping to get the Girls’ Development Program off the ground last year was important to us in continuing to grow our longtime relationship with the Carver Center,” said FCSC Executive Director Tom Chiappetta. “Providing additional funding this year to expand the program is even more vital to sustain the Carver’s effort to offer health, academic and life skills education that benefits the girls there.”
The Girls’ Development Program will serve up to 25 female athletes ages 13-18 from Norwalk Public Schools. Activities will range from fitness and strength training to discussions about injury prevention and college sports scholarships, yoga and Zumba, to nutrition coaching and preparing meals together, as well as guest presentations from college-level athletes, coaches and scouts. The Girls’ Development Program will offer a supportive environment that celebrates teamwork, leadership and personal goals.
Students will learn the importance of balancing academics with a competitive mindset during the week and weekends after games and or practices. The student-athletes learn the value of teamwork while learning about and building self-esteem, nutrition, wellness, and self-confidence. The program instills lifelong lessons in Norwalk students through sports and fitness. Students embrace the program’s vision to be committed to excellence in sports as well as in academics.
The Girls’ Development Program provides many benefits, including: tutoring; Ladies Night (recreation, activities and educational programs); mentors; nutrition education; academic support; SAT, ACT, and PSAT PREP support; community service opportunities; college preparation (college tours, FASFA, college essays), and assistance with and with obtaining financial aid; field trips and team building activities.