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Greensburg Salem Girls' Basketball Boosters lauded

| Sunday, April 29, 2012, 6:13 p.m.

The Greensburg Salem Girls' Basketball Boosters have won a $2,500 award for their efforts to help girls get fit and active, the Women's Sports Foundation has announced.

The Greensburg Salem high school team was one of only 20 girls' teams chosen from more than 200 nationwide for the 2008 GoGirlGo! Ambassador Team Awards.

The school's Golden Lions caught the attention of the New York-based foundation with a summer basketball camp for elementary and middle school girls, a program designed to help girls get enthusiastic about fitness and gain confidence on the court.

"We help the little girls with the fundamentals," said senior Mary-Hannah Earle. While some of the girls were shy at first, she said, "as soon as we started teaching them, they got the confidence that they could do it."

Coach Jennifer Yuvan said she hoped the camp, in its second year, would be an investment in the future of Greensburg Salem basketball.

"At that age, anyone who is enthusiastic about being there is talented," Yuvan said. "We want to keep them interested."

The award, Yuvan said, will help the team buy equipment and pay for travel. She noted that new travel suits were on the wish list.

The Women's Sports Foundation was founded in 1974 by tennis star Billie Jean King to promote women's sports.

It has been more than three decades since Title IX called for gender equality in athletics, and today girls have almost as many opportunities to participate in sports as boys.

The foundation concentrates on reducing barriers to participation in sports and encouraging girls to be more physically active.

Though the Greensburg Salem team had a disappointing season last year, with a record of 3-19, hopes run high for this year, especially with the boost to morale from this award.

"They're a great group of kids," Yuvan said. "They work really, really hard. We have pretty high expectations of ourselves."

When the season begins in November, added Earle, the older girls are looking forward to seeing the girls from this summer's camp supporting them from the stands.

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