Girl Scouts Earn the Trojan Badge

    Freshman Nina Kelty offers lacrosse tips to a local Girl Scout.

    Jan. 23, 2014

    This past Sunday, the Galen Center welcomed a large-scale sports clinic for Girl Scouts in the Los Angeles Area. More than 350 scouts, parents, and other relatives packed the practice courts for a morning of sport.

    Participants were divided into five groups, and rotated through a series of stations hosted by USC athletes. Members of the lacrosse, soccer, women's volleyball and women's basketball teams led small clinics focused on the basics of their sports. A fifth station focused on tenants of USC's SCORE Initiative: academic integrity, health, teamwork, and community responsibility.

    The clinic not only presented a great opportunity for the Girl Scouts to interact with athletes, but also for teammates to give back to the community together. "It was really fun working together with the kids," said Hannah Schraer, a middle blocker on the women's volleyball team. "It's one thing to play volleyball, but to actually teach other girls is really rewarding."

    After the stations were completed, the Girl Scouts held a question and answer session with Senior Associate Athletic Director Dr. Donna Heinel, focusing on leadership and the importance of schoolwork. Dr. Heinel emphasized the importance of scouting. "Everything I am today, I owe to my time as a Girl Scout," said Dr. Heinel.

    The group then proceeded to watch their new mentors from women's basketball get a big win over the Oregon Ducks, 109-85; the first triple digit game for the Women of Troy in Galen Center history.

    Parents and attendees at the event acknowledged the importance of the interactions between their daughters and college athletes. "One of the most important things to learn is teamwork, and how to coordinate their bodies. This is a really good start for them," said Mary Lou Garnica, a troupe leader. With a brand new USC Athletics badge for their sash, the Girl Scouts won't soon forget their day with the Trojans.

    USC Athletics' work with Los Angeles scouting continues when the men's basketball team welcomes local Cub Scouts to a clinic before their bout against Stanford this coming Sunday.