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SU Hockey Women Visit YWCA's Girls Inc.

In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports day, (Wednesday, February 4th), members of the Syracuse University's Women's Hockey Team visited YWCA's Girls Inc. after-school program on Douglas Street in Syracuse.

The women talked to the girls about what it's like to play hockey and demonstrated some of the rules and moves. The three SU seniors: Catharine Petringa of Massachusetts, Rebecca Baker of Michigan and Clara Lubansky of Queens, New York helped the girls try on some of their protective gear and showed them how to safely skate with their hockey sticks on the ice.

Defense player Clara Lubansky says she was a figure skater before she tried hockey in college. "I always wanted to play but my mom would never let me."

Center Rebecca Baker says she joined the team after taking a hockey class at SU. "I always enjoyed watching my brother play."

SU left wing Catharine Petringa says although the rules in the game are different for women than men, they still skate and play hard.

"This was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to get a hands-on feel for a sport they might want to try at some point," explained Dawn Nier, program director. "We try to get girls thinking about different opportunities and having women who play hockey talk to them and show them the sport empowers them to think they can achieve anything if they try."

The YWCA operates nine Out of School Time sites (5-12 yrs) in three school districts, Girls Inc. programs featuring a girls-only, after-school program and teen drop in center on Douglas Street, as well as Camp Discovery in the summer, and career conferences: Expanding Your Horizons and Girls Summit, and a Women's Residence program. For information about any of our programs, please call the YWCA at 424-0040.

For more information about this news release: Mary Merritt, MGM Word Studio, Inc. 263-2132 or mgmword@twcny.rr.com

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