The Monroe County Girls Sports Festival will return to its original venue from noon to 5 p.m. on Aug. 18 at Frontier Field, 333 Plymouth Ave., Rochester.
The festival is a half-day athletic event in which young women ages 6-12 have the opportunity to try various sports.
“This festival is a great opportunity for young women to showcase their athletic ability, be active, learn about leadership and teamwork and take on new challenges,” said Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive.
Festival participants can choose four different sports to explore, ranging from traditional sports like volleyball, gymnastics and field hockey to nontraditional sports like ultimate frisbee, disc golf and fencing. Local teams and organizations manage each of the sports; participants are encouraged to try a sport they have never experienced.
“Sports and recreation events attract thousands of visiting athletes and fans to Rochester and Monroe County each year,” said Don Jeffries, president of Visit Rochester. “The Girls Sports Festival is an event that will help support and strengthen our local youth athletic community. Our local sports clubs and athletic organizations play an integral role in organizing and hosting events for out-of-town athletes throughout the year.”
The free festival features accessible and inclusive sports for individuals with disabilities. Monroe County and Visit Rochester are working with Rochester Accessible Adventures to ensure that young athletes interested in attending the festival, regardless of ability, can experience and compete in their favorite sports.
“By enlisting the support of Rochester Accessible Adventures and making the festival free of charge, we are making the Girls Sports Festival more accessible to all of our young women,” Dinolfo said. “It is our goal to demonstrate to young women that the world is filled with opportunities, regardless of physical ability or ability to pay.”
In its first iteration in the late 1990s, the Girls Sports Festival was held at Frontier Field before moving on to the Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex at Monroe Community College.
Registration is required. Visit bit.ly/2lzMuUQ for information.