Tuesday, March 18, 2014

UIS women’s soccer coach to start Girls Leadership Academy

University of Illinois Springfield women’s soccer coach Molly Grisham has been kicking around the idea of hosting a leadership academy for a long time.

“I always try when working with my team to give them leadership skills and life skills, but I think we need those at a younger age,” she said. “Not every high school athlete is going to go on to a college career, but they’re still leaders and their sports careers are still a big part of who they are.”

Grisham has established the Girls in Sports Leadership Academy. It will take place June 13-15 on the UIS campus. It is open to high school sophomore, junior and senior girls who participate in any sport. Students will stay overnight in a dormitory.

“We’re not going to be on the field doing Xs and Os,” Grisham said. “It’s all going to be in the classrooms. This is all about leadership.”

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on March 18, 2014.

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