Jackson To Serve As Keynote Speaker At Chicks Play Hard Event Saturday

Oct. 26, 2007

SEATTLE -- First-year Washington women's basketball head coach Tia Jackson will serve as the keynote speaker for the sixth annual Chicks Play Hard event, offered in partnership with Seattle Parks & Recreation, Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Miller Community Center on Capitol Hill.

The free event is a volunteer-run day of sports, music and art exploration for girls ages 9-13. To register, visit www.chicksplayhard.org, the Miller Community Center or email chicksplayhard@gmail.com. Space is limited to 80 girls.

Chicks Play Hard aims to build self-confidence in girls by providing them with a nurturing environment in which they might try different activities and develop self-expression. Girls participate in three hour-long workshops, led by women experts and high school students, and are encouraged to try new activities, learn from positive female role models and have fun.

Chicks Play Hard workshops will include boxing, writing, creative art, double dutch and more, taught by a range of local teachers, artists and athletes.

Jackson, a former WNBA and University of Iowa standout, was appointed the Husky women's basketball coach in April after serving as an assistant coach at Duke, UCLA, Stanford and Virginia Commonwealth. The Huskies will make their 2007-08 debut hosting a pair of exhibition contests with Love & Basketball (Nov. 3, 2 p.m.) and Seattle Pacific (Nov. 6, 7 p.m.). UW will make its official season debut at Kansas State, Nov. 10.

For more information on Saturday's event, visit www.chicksplayhard.org.

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