Walton MS Girls/USC Women's Lacrosse Partnership

#throwbackThursday to "A day in Troy":

Our HL-Los Angeles Girls Program at Walton Middle School in Compton had the opportunity to visit the University of Southern California last weekend to participate in a film for USC athletics.

The purpose of the films was to capture the day in the life of a student athlete. HL girls participated in a clinic run by USC Women's Lacrosse players and given a tour of the facility.

During the tour, girls were provided with a session on the college process; what is it like to get in, what is it like once you get into college, etc. The girls shared their excitement and concern for the college process and it opened the floor for discussion around what they could do NOW to prepare themselves.

Highlighted quotes from the trip: 
1) “A USC bus is picking us up at our school?”
2) “Ice cream tacos with sprinkles are amazing!”
3) “I want to think more about going to college now.”

Additionally, on March 23rd, girls representing all Harlem Lacrosse - LA programs played during half-time at the USC v. Cal women’s lacrosse D1 game on McAlister Field. The Harlem Lacrosse girls played against the Southern California KIDS Lacrosse team in a fun exhibition displaying all the hard work and skills that they have been working on all year.  

The Women of Troy have been a great program partner to the Walton girls lacrosse team this year, coordinating a clinic in the fall and organizing an equipment drive to stock up the gear store. The USC players have stayed in touch with the Harlem Lacrosse girls as pen pals, writing letters back and forth and really getting to know each other more formally.  The Harlem Lacrosse girls continue to benefit from the mentorship and look up to the female student-athletes on the USC team as role models.