Graduation ceremonies for the 2015 season will be held this Sunday at the regular session times. If you haven't already signed up to bring some goodies or drinks, just bring wharever you think the girls would enjoy (we've been encouraging fruit lately!).
Also, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends are all welcome!
Shots is unlike any sports program you have ever experienced. We build
girls self-esteem, athletic skills, and sense of belonging in a
supportive, fun-filled, non-competitive environment while providing
parents a rare opportunity to play, learn and bond with their daughter.
use puppets, parachutes, pillow fights and other unique tools to help
girls enjoy trying new and often difficult things. We play
unique, often silly games that appeal to the girls' imaginations and
demonstrate that learning can be fun. Girls pretend to be boa
constrictors, thieves, or alligators -- all in the course of learning
There is no
competition. No one is ever placed in a situation where their skill
level might embarrass them or one of their friends. The only "competition" is within each girl. Each week, we challenge each girl to
push herself to try something new to improve her skills.
We also strive to build a sense of belonging and of being special.
At the beginning and end of each session, we sing a Hot Shots song and
introduce several girls, learning about their "favorite things" and
shouting out their names. The colorful Hot Shots T-shirts also create a
pride of membership. Every girl's name is on the front of the shirt and
one girl's soccer drawing is on the back. (On the fourth Sunday, all
the girls draw soccer pictures that are voted on by the girls in each
session of each age group. The winners are imprinted on that group's
T-shirts.) The shirts are distributed at graduation along with a medal.
To create a culture of pride, we use strong women role models as coaches, including college and high school varsity soccer players.
Hot Shots also supports reading and giving back to our community. In 2009, we purchased 1,300 used children's books for our new Hot Shots "library" so girls can take 2-3 books home to read every week (since then, parents have donated hundreds of their used books, too). The sale of Hot Shots souvenirs funds our "Reading Is A Kick" program that has donated over $12,500 worth of books to Marshfield's five elementary schools. The girls sign the books' inside covers, and we hold ceremonies at each library with the girls from each school giving the books to their librarian and principal.
Hot Shots is so special to girls that some postpone birthday parties to attend our graduation party. Hot Shots is so effective that coaches marvel each spring at our graduates' growth. Above all, Hot Shots is fun. Where else can girls play soccer to their favorite tunes and learn skills using puppets and pillow fights?
Numbers tell the story: Since 1996, more than 4,250 girls have graduated from Hot Shots. Most girls return year after year, and many come back to coach after they're too old to play.
At a time when our daughters are subjected to so many confusing and demeaning influences, Hot Shots strengthens girls' self esteem and self-image, helping to arm them for the challenges that lay ahead. -- John Wilpers, Founder and Director
Hot Shots honored with the Boston College "Heights Award"
The award honors "individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of women's sports and who, through influence or personal achievement, inspire girls and women." Here is the story; here are photos from the ceremony at a BC women's basketball game.
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Building girls self-esteem & athletic skills in a supportive, fun environment