Camp WIN a success for local girls

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- More than 400 girls are spending the week being introduced to more than 20 sports and fitness activities through The Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City (WIN for KC) camp. The mission of the camp is to empower girls through advocating and promoting the lifetime value of sports and fitness.

Seven-year-old Mae trotter says she is having fun playing all kinds of sports.

"I just like it because you get to play outside and when you throw the ball you get to pass it to another person," said Trotter.

The week-long camp includes sports and activities such as basketball, handball, zumba, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, and many others. The girls also learn essential lessons for athletics and a healthy lifestyle such as good nutrition, teamwork and resiliency.

Allison Houchen says of all the sports she has played this week, volleyball is her favorite.

"It's a lot of fun to play volleyball and it's fun to play a game against your friends and it's competitive," said Houchen.

College and professional coaches are brought to teach some activities and high school girls participate as counselors or "team captains." The Kansas City Sports Commission runs the camp and actually has to turn away high school girls because there are so many that apply for the positions.

Seven-year-old Addison Storie is participating in the camp for the second straight year. Her mother, Sarah, says her daughter couldn't wait to come back to camp this summer.

"It's really empowering, she likes to learn about the self-defense, she likes the camaraderie, the girl time," said Storie. "She comes home singing the songs, from beginning to end she loves everything about it."

Due to the popularity of the camp, the sports commission is thinking about expanding to three weeks for next year.

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