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Madeira and Excel Academy partner to provide young girls the positive benefits of athletics

December 3, 2012
Natalie Konerth ?13, varsity field hockey team captain, demonstrates how to dribble

In part, the mission of the Excel Academy, a Washington, D.C. public charter school for girls in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, is to develop the skills and confidence of its scholars so they can make healthy, positive lifestyle choices. The Madeira Athletic Department strongly believes in the positive impact that athletic participation can have on the development of self esteem and leadership in girls. As a result, they began a formal partnership with the Excel Academy in order to complement its curriculum.

One Saturday per month, Madeira Athletic Director, Katie Lamade, and Assistant Athletic Director, Caitlin Williams, solicit the help of community members to provide programming for a wide range of indoor and outdoor athletic activities for the Excel Academy’s Saturday program. So far this year, Madeira faculty and staff members as well as Madeira student-athletes have volunteered their time to teach field hockey and soccer skills. They intend to provide instruction in karate, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, cross country, and general fitness in the upcoming months.  

During each session, the young scholars have been eager to learn and enthusiastic in their support of each other as they work to learn new skills. The girls truly revel in the pure enjoyment of participating in sports with their friends. By doing so, they serve as a reminder of what sports participation is really about.

Our goal is to ensure that this partnership is a true community effort. Please contact Athletic Director, Katie Lamade, at klamade@madeira.org  if you are interested in volunteering in any way.

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