February 17, 2023
ORONO—Three Girl Scouts from Troop 1344 just may be future sports pros after their recent visit to a noteworthy UMaine women’s hockey game. Throughout the day, the girls had endless unforgettable experiences: learning about the game, dancing in the stands, meeting the team, and getting to skate on the ice rink with the players to name a few!
“We just loved the opportunity to show the girls a diverse array of women who had a passion as girls and followed it into adulthood. We try to plan events where the girls get to meet great role models who prove you can do anything you set your mind to,” said Troop Leader Elyse Bronson.
Although the troop had a definite interest in learning more about women’s hockey, Elyse says a major draw of the event was low cost.
“It can be especially hard to find inexpensive things to do as a troop this time of year, and the women’s games are free,” said Elyse.
But it’s one thing to watch a hockey game, and another to hang out with the team—which is precisely what Troop 1344 got to do! The girls got a shoutout on the video board and as if the game couldn’t have been more tailored to the troop’s enthusiasm, the UMaine Marketing Department was even able to get all three girls into the locker room after the game.
Behind the scenes, the girls got to ask questions, get autographs, and skate alongside some of the state’s best players—some of whom were Girl Scouts themselves back in the day as well!
For Elyse, a veteran hockey game attendee over the last ten years, bringing together her love of the troop and passion for the sport was truly something special.
“As an adult who grew up loving both hockey and Girl Scouts, I really enjoyed sharing this experience with our troop […] my favorite part was watching our girls interact with the team. They were so excited to talk about the game, get autographs, and skate together,” said Elyse.
Elyse says her troop will certainly attend another game next year, and as the women’s games are free of charge, she recommends it to other troops looking for an opportunity to have some winter fun that Girl Scouts and their families can attend.
Photo by Tony DelMonaco
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