Oakton College and Girls Play Sports offer new program for local students

Are you looking for a fun and enriching activity for your children this winter? Oakton College and Girls Play Sports invite female-identifying students in grades three to eight to join them for an engaging and educational program at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus.

The sessions, scheduled to run from 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays, from Jan. 21 - March 3, promise a mix of learning and play.

Oakton College has teamed up with Girls Play Sports, an Evanston-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting leadership skills and confidence in girls through sports participation. Through the partnership, the organizations will offer local female-identifying students a program designed to foster a supportive environment, encouraging students to build essential life skills and form lasting connections.

Led by Oakton coaches and student-athletes, each two-hour session will include 90 minutes of learning about the sports discipline and playing.

Additionally, students will spend 30 minutes exploring a topic that contributes to personal growth and development.

The agenda includes discussions on nutrition, how to be a great teammate, confidence building, leadership and the importance of college.

The registration fee for each session is $10, and students have the flexibility to sign up for one or all of the following sessions based on their interests and availability.

• Jan. 21, basketball

• Jan. 28, pickleball

• Feb. 4, soccer

• Feb. 11, golf and tennis

• Feb. 25, softball

• March. 3, volleyball

Spaces are limited. To register, visit the Girls Play Sports website at

For details, contact Christine Paciero, Oakton’s director of athletics, at or (847) 376-7057.

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