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Courtesy: GoMocs.com
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department hosted the Girls Scouts Sports-A-Thon in Maclellan Gym today.  Over 100 girls in grades K-8 from the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians attended the afternoon event. 

The Sports-A-Thon was a day of physical fun on the campus of UTC and gave Scouts an opportunity to be instructed by Mocs coaches and student-athletes.  Participants took part in volleyball, soccer, golf, softball, tennis, basketball and spirit.

"Essentially, one of the things that Girl Scouts is focused on is healthy living for girls," stated Booth Kammann, CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians.  "We are really thrilled to have this partnership with UTC where girls can come try sports that they have never really tried before.  They have the opportunity to be taught by actual college athletes.  We know that girls look up to older girls and want to learn from them." 

The participants were split into seven groups that rotated from sport-to-sport.  Each group spent 25 minutes at each station, learning from the Mocs coaches and student-athletes.    

"I have heard a lot of wonderful comments from the volunteers and parents about how much fun the girls are having," added Kammann.  "The interaction with the student-athletes is a huge, huge plus because the girls look up to them so much."

Following the Sports-A-Thon the Scouts attended the Lady Mocs' game against Western Carolina in McKenzie Arena.  The Girl Scouts proved to be a good-luck charm for UTC.  The Lady Mocs snapped a two-game losing streak with a 71-55 win over the Catamounts. 

"We are thrilled to partner with the Girl Scouts and are excited they decided to hold their Sports-A-Thon at UTC," stated Director of Athletics Rick Hart.  "Our student-athletes are wonderful role models and anytime they can engage the community by volunteering at events like this they jump at the chance."

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