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Girls Inc. member Boney speaks to gathering of athletes in D.C.

February 20, 2013
  • From left, National Girls and Women in Sports Day Panel Members: Shawn Ladda, Professor, Manhattan College and Past President, National Association for Girls and Women in Sports; Nancy Hogshead-Makar, four-time Olympic medalist swimmer, Senior Director of Advocacy for the Women's Sports Foundation; Dominique Dawes, three-time Olympic gymnast, co-chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and Fitness; Sydny Boney, Girls Inc. of Washington County member; Grete Eliassen: freestyle skier, won a bronze medal at Winter X games; Lillian Greene-Chamberlain, Olympic gold medalist in track; Esther Lofgren, member of the Olympic gold medal winning women's rowing team at the 2012 Summer Olympics; Emily Hughes, Olympic and national figure skater; and Sarah Hughes, Olympic gold medal winner in figure skating.
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National Girls and Women in Sports Day this year was on Feb. 6 with this year’s theme being “Girls in Sports…An Investment in the Future.”

Girls Inc. of Washington County got to be part of the of the national observance in Washington, D.C., by sending Sydny Boney, a member of Girls Inc. and eighth-grader at Smithsburg Middle to represent Girls Inc. on Capitol Hill.

She joined Olympic gold medalists such as Dominique Dawes, Sarah Hughes, Nancy Hogshead-Makar and champion athletes such as Grete Eliassen, Lillian Greene-Chamberlain and Esther Lofgren.

They highlighted the importance of athletics for women and girls and advocated for opportunities for girls in sports. They also emphasized the need to expand athletic opportunities for girls and women nationwide.

Sydny has been part of Girls Inc.’s volleyball camps and teams for the past two years and also plays for WACO Volleyball Club. She and her family have seen how involvement in sports has positively influenced her life and made her a more confident individual. Sydny’s involvement in sports started at Girls Inc., where she learned to be part of a team, see herself as a leader and set goals.

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Her story moved the room of athletes and professionals so much that her mother, Melody Boney, said they gave her a standing ovation after she spoke. They also called her a perfect example of the positive influence of sports on young women. 

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