Carbondale, CO – U.S. Freeskiing athlete Meg Olenick took time out of rehabbing her fourth knee injury recently to lead “It’s All About Her,” a girls’ sports camp.
Olenick was inspired to create the camp after hearing a startling statistic from the Women’s Sports Foundation that, by the age of 14, girls drop out of sports at twice the rate of boys.
“Sports have been such a big part of my life and gotten me to where I am today. I wanted to motivate girls and give them confidence to play sports so we can maybe begin to change that statistic,” Olenick acknowledged. “Girls are at a disadvantage to begin with so I think it is important to build a community of girlfriends that you can go and play sports and do activities with. I saw friendships build over two days and knew that I was making a difference in these young girls’ lives.”
The camp, where Olenick sought to introduce girls to the positive, lifelong benefits of sport, took place in Carbondale, Colo., her hometown, in September. Girls at the camp participated in soccer, kickball, team building activities and relay races, obstacle courses and a group yoga session.
“My favorite moment from the entire weekend was when a young girl about the age of 8 grabbed my hand to get my attention and told me, ‘I have hated soccer and playing sports until this weekend but because of this camp I am going to join the soccer team,'” said Olenick. “It made me feel like I was making a difference.”
Olenick is currently continuing with her rehabilitation from her fourth knee injury at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah.