'Girl Power' event to boost interest in girls' youth hockey

'Girl Power' event to introduce young...

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) - An event this weekend hopes to boost interest in youth girls hockey in the area.

The Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association is hosting a 'Girl Power' event this Sunday at the Omni Center in Onalaska.

The idea is to introduce girls between the ages of 4 and 14 to hockey by giving them a chance to try on skates and a uniform, and give them some time on the ice.

Organizers say their goal is to grow interest in the sport among girls in our area back to the levels seen in past years.

"Our long range vision is to have individual girls programs in West Salem, in La Crosse, in Onalaska so the feeder into the high school cooperative program 5, 6, 7 years down the road instead of one or two girls coming from each town, we'll get 4 or 5 girls coming from each town because there will be so much interest in it," said Fran Finco of Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association.

The event is free of charge and all equipment will be provided.

Girls between the ages of 4 and 8 can get on the ice at the Omni Center starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Girls 9 and up will have their chance starting at 1 p.m.

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