Monday, August 13, 2018

Girl Scout Ambassador Olivia has earned her Gold Award

Olivia Dayag has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouts. Olivia is a rising senior at Green Run Collegiate.
For her project, “Throw Like a Girl,” Olivia used her love for track and field to help middle school girls with low self-esteem build confidence while participating in sports. She used her personal experience as a young athlete to springboard into a larger discussion and take action by showing girls they don’t have to be a certain size to play sports.
“A great way to build confidence is through participation in sports, but some girls may not realize that there are sports where their size is an advantage,” she said.
Olivia enlisted the help of some of her former teachers from Larkspur Middle School where she attended and implemented her program. She made a video of herself doing shot put to use in the presentations to girls considering becoming athletes. She presented to multiple audiences, including a group of girls at the “When I Grow Up” outreach event hosted by the Chesapeake Zetas, the Chesapeake chapter for the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Her message reached over 50 girls, allowing Olivia to see the impact of her project. A lot of them wanted to join the track and field team at their schools after her presentation.
“By the end of my presentation, they related to my experiences and seemed pleased to have learned that throwing could be an ideal place for them to become comfortable in their own skin.”
Olivia’s project will be sustained by the Chesapeake Zetas and Ruffner Middle School, another place she was able to visit and share her message.