Viviana Valentino


Dear Girls Play Sports Families,

Thank you for your patience as you have been waiting to hear from Girls Play Sports about our summer programming. We recently got notice from Evanston Township High School that due to health related concerns, they are unable to allow outside rentals for this summer. Girls Play Sports will unfortunately need to cancel our GPS Summer Camp and GPS Water Polo League. Although we are saddened by this news, we believe that it is the best option in order to ensure that our girls are safe.

Below is some important information that our GPS Team would like you to know:

  • We will begin making refunds to anyone who paid for one of these programs later this week. If you would like to consider donating some of all of the paid registration to Girls Play Sports, please let us know.
  • Our staff has been working hard to provide special programming for kids and families during this COVID-19 crisis. If you haven’t already, please check out our new online Quarantine Gym. We have leveraged the talents of our staff, high school athletes and community members to provide programming that focuses on physical and mental wellness.
  • Additionally, we have created a new Quaranteam Skills and Drills series on our GPS YouTube channel. We have a variety of videos created by high school athletes, coaches and other special guests which can engage families in fun sessions centered on movement, activity, wellness, and specific sport videos. We are hoping that these two online and accessible opportunities will continue to provide families with the benefits of sports and skill development even during this time of crisis.

We hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy during this time. If you have any questions please reach out to me at mlivatino@teamgps.org. Have a great day!

 

Megan Livatino

Executive Director

Girls Play Sports

 

 



April 27, 2020by Viviana Valentino0

We hope that you and your loved ones are doing well during this time of uncertainty.

At this moment, as the country continues to deal with a global health and economic crisis, Girls Play Sports is working hard to adapt to our new realities. We have pivoted our programming and resources to be able to continue to provide impactful and for now quarantine appropriate programming to girls and their families, take a moment to check out our Quarantine Gym page, which was created to provide GPS participants and families with important information and fun activities that can be useful to everyone and anyone during this time of diminished social contact and physical activity while also facing so much uncertainty.  Additionally, we have engaged our community by publishing our “Quaranteam Skills and Drills” instructional videos on the Girls Play Sports YouTube channel, as well as on our Quarantine Gym page.

Because of program cancellations and the postponement of our first annual Pep Rally fundraiser (fall date still TBD), we are looking at significant gaps in our revenue sources and we need your support! While we have applied for grants and government relief funds, nothing has been confirmed and Girls Play Sports needs to reach out to individual donors at this time for your support to keep GPS going.

We sincerely hope that you can support us so we can continue to bring programming to girls and their families in Evanston and Niles communities.

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The Women’s Initiative is a collective of women owned and run businesses that are joining together to support our mission to instill confidence and leadership skills in young girls through participation in multiple sports.

Mary Jane Alagheband, E.J. Coyne & Company, Inc.

1) What do sports mean to you? Sports means confidence to me. The ability to fail and get up and do it again.  This is important for life.

2) What is it about GPS that made you want to get involved? First off I love the Livatinos’ I think the message is important. I love that it is positive. Not just competitive (which is important) but also compassion for each other (which is super important) I also like it if someone cannot pay they are not excluded that is huge for me. The last reason is my main.  I know that Chris and Meaghan will make sure nobody is left behind.

3) What does it mean to you to be a part of the Evanston community?  This is where I live.  I want people to feel confidence in what they do this helps them succeed in life.  Sports helps with that.

4) As a successful woman business owner, what advice would you give young girls to succeed in the workplace? Keep getting up.  Failure happens to us all just like success.  Everyday be grateful that you have the opportunity to not just change your life but someone else’s life.  How lucky are we?

5) How did you get where you are today, and who/what helped you along the way? There are too many people that helped me along the way.  Two are my parents I was super lucky with them.  One piece of advice is be open to suggestions you may not take the suggestion but being open makes that person want to help you more.

6) What does it mean to you to be a woman business owner?  I love being a woman business owner.  Not knocking men ( I am married to one and I have two boys). Women bring a different part to business.  I think I have a little bit more empathy with my clients.

7) Tell us a little bit about your business. I am in insurance.  I do both personal and commercial.  My business is about customer service and helping people understand what they have any why.  My specialty is the hard to place insurance. My motto is “Big or Small I insure it all”.

To learn more about Mary Jane and E.J. Coyne & Company, Inc. visit insurancebymj.com.



The Check Out podcast of Evanston Public Library is about the people of Evanston, Illinois who make this community great.  They’re active, engaged, and always working to make the community better.

In this episode, we visit with long-time Evanston resident and Community Development advocate Mary Collins. Mary spent more than a decade as Evanston Township High School’s Community Service Coordinator where she helped hundreds of teens get involved in volunteerism in Evanston. Now with Girls Play Sports and the Foster Center Group, she continues to bring focus to young girls’ lives and to emerging non-profits. Also, her mom used to drive the Evanston Public Library book mobile!

Click below to listen!