Fairfield County Sports Commission renews its financial support of Carver's Girls' Development Program

 (L-R), Carver leaders Shannon Bates and Novelette Peterkin; Carver students Carsyn Langhorn, Siera Elmore, Amelie Scott, Jakara Murray, Sanaa Boyd, Ashley Wilson; and Tom Chiappetta, FCSC Executive Director

(L-R), Carver leaders Shannon Bates and Novelette Peterkin; Carver students Carsyn Langhorn, Siera Elmore, Amelie Scott, Jakara Murray, Sanaa Boyd, Ashley Wilson; and Tom Chiappetta, FCSC Executive Director

For the second consecutive year, the Fairfield County Sports Commission (FCSC) is partnering with Carver to provide a Girls’ Development Program led by Shannon Bates, Carver’s Director of Recreation Programs, and Career Coach Eve St. Surin.

FCSC also sponsors the Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy at Carver.

The successful Girls’ Development Program will serve up to 25 female athletes ages 13-18 from Norwalk Public Schools. Activities will range from fitness and strength training to discussions about injury prevention and college sports scholarships, yoga and Zumba, to nutrition coaching and preparing meals together, as well as guest presentations from college-level athletes, coaches and scouts. The Girls’ Development Program will offer a supportive environment that celebrates teamwork, leadership and personal goals.   

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Students will learn the importance of balancing academics with a competitive mindset during the week and weekends after games and or practices. The student-athletes learn the value of teamwork while learning about and building self-esteem, nutrition, wellness, and self-confidence. The program instills lifelong lessons in Norwalk students through sports and fitness. Students embrace the program’s vision to be committed to excellence in sports as well as in academics.

The Girls’ Development Program provides many supports, including: tutoring; Ladies Night (recreation, activities and educational programs); mentors; nutrition education; academic support; SAT, ACT, and PSAT PREP support; community service opportunities; college preparation (college tours, FASFA, college essays), and assistance with and with obtaining financial aid; field trips and team building activities; and so much more! The Carver community is deeply grateful for the many years of support given to our youth by the Fairfield County Sports Commission.

Jim Schaffer