Abby Wambach is coming back to Great Falls! Even if you don’t play soccer, Abby has a great message for you and your family: leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult – it can even be fun!
On Saturday, September 20 from 9am – 12pm, Come Out and Play in Elks Riverside Park! Abby will interact with participants as they work their way through the obstacle course, and Abby will talk with the group about healthy choices and being active for life.
More than thirty stations will provide a variety of physical challenges and diverity-inspried obstacles and activies for individuals of all ages and abilities. The stations are centered on getting kids active, along with booths that will help them understand where food comes from and how it helps keep their bodies growing, playing, and learning. Some activities include:
Attendees will be asked to make their own Healthy Pledge based on activities and can get Abby’s autograph, too.
This is a FREE event, and parent, grandparents, and other caregivers are encouraged to play with their children.
A big thank you to the many sponsors that make this event possible, including:
Scholarships may be available for athletes to attend the Come Out and Play Elite and Youth Soccer Clinics! Print, fill out, and send in a registration form for the clinic you want to attend.
Mail forms to
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed registration forms must be recieved by September 15, 2014!
Scholarships may be available for students to attend the Elite and Youth Soccer Clinics with Abby Wambach on September 21! To apply, print, fill out, and send the registration form for the clinic of your choice to to:
Get Fit Great Falls, Inc.
115 4th Street South
Great Falls, MT 59401
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Get Fit Great Falls, Inc.
115 4th Street South
Great Falls, MT 59401
The Get Fit Great Falls weekend filled with events with international soccer superstar Abby Wambach has been moved back two weeks.
The two-day event will be Sept. 20-21 and will feature a free Come Out and Play event for kids of all ages, an elite soccer camp for serious soccer players, a youth soccer camp for younger kids and a free team-building camp for high school teams of any sport
Wambach was originally scheduled to be in Great Falls earlier in September, but due to a change in Wambach’s training schedule with the U.S. National team, the dates had to be changed.
She is playing with the U.S. National team throughout September, heading into qualifiers for the World Cup in October.
“It’s great that Abby can still find time to make it out to Montana,” said Get Fit board member Lindsay Smith. “Abby will literally leave New York after playing with the national team to fly to Great Falls.”
Wambach, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, is the all-time leading scorer in international soccer for men and women with 167 goals. This will mark the third year Wambach has been to Great Falls.
“Moving the date back to the end of September helps us get the word out because the kids will be back in school for a few weeks,” said Get Fit president Jane Weber.
In addition to the date change, a youth soccer camp for players 9 to 12 years old has been added to the lineup.
“It accommodates several requests for children we had who were under the age of 13,” Weber added.
The camp will only be $50 for the two-hour session to be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sept. 21.
“We felt like we were leaving out a large group of soccer kids in Montana,” Smith added.
The Elite Soccer Clinic is set for Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon for players 13-18 years old. The clinic is intended for serious soccer players who have aspirations of joining their high school team or are looking to be recruited for college-level play. She will follow the U.S Women National team’s training format for ball-handling skills, shooting, one-on-one, and defensive and offensive maneuvers.
The $200 elite clinic includes a ticket to the meet-and-greet barbecue with Wambach the night before. Additional tickets can be purchased for other family members for $25.
Wambach also will be leading a team-building session, available for all sport teams, both male and female. The Team Strong session will be limited to 10 team spots. The session is Sept. 20, from 4-6 p.m.
The free Come Out and Play event, scheduled for Sept. 20, will feature Olympic-themed stations with activities that children can play again later in their own backyards without adult supervision or coaches needed.
Wambach will interact with kids as they work their way through stations, and will likely gather all the children to talk to them about healthy eating choices and staying active.
A location has not yet been chosen.
Get Fit Great Falls is a not-for-profit coalition of like-minded people who encourage neighbors, families and friends to get active and make healthy food choices.
Schedule of Events
Free Come Out and Play event: Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to noon. Free. No registration required.
Team Strong session: Saturday, Sept. 20, 4-6 p.m. Free. Register at https://gfgf-teamstrong-2.eventbrite.com
Meet and Greet with Abby Wambach: Saturday, Sept. 20, 7-8 p.m. Purchase $25 tickets at https://gfgf-meetandgreet.eventbrite.com (one ticket included with elite camp registration).
Youth Soccer Camp: Sunday, Sept. 21, 1-3 p.m. For players 9-12, $50. Register at https://gfgf-youthsoccerclinic.eventbrite.com
Elite Soccer Clinic: Sunday, Sept. 21; 9 a.m.-noon. For players 13-18, $200. Register at https://gfgf-elitesoccerclinic.eventbrite.com
Important information, due to a scheduling conflict, the dates of the Come Out and Play with Abby Wambach events have been changed! The events will be held on the weekend of September 20-21, 2014.
Elite Soccer Clinic – Sunday, September 21, 2014; 9:00am-noon. Register at www.gfgf-elitesoccerclinic.eventbrite.com.
Team Strong Session 1 – Saturday, September 20, 2014; 3:30-6:00pm. Register at www.gfgf-teamstrong-1.eventbrite.com.
Team Strong Session 2 – Sunday, September 21, 2014; 1:00-3:30pm. Register at www.gfgf-teamstrong-2.eventbrite.com.
Meet and Greet with Abby Wambach – Saturday, September 20, 2014; 7:00-8:00pm. Buy tickets at www.gfgf-meetandgreet.eventbrite.com (one ticket included with Elite Camp registration).
Be on the lookout for more information about a FREE event for the public!
Register today to participate in one of the following exciting events with Olympic Gold Medalist Abby Wambach!
Elite Soccer Clinic – For players 13-18 years old who have a passion for the game and aspirations of joining their high school team or recruiting for college level play. This is a three hour clinic following the Olympic soccer team’s training format for ball-handling, shooting, one-on-one, and defense/offense manuevers. Sunday, September 7 from 9:00am – noon. Registration fee includes one free ticket to a meet and greet with Abby on Saturday, September 6. Visit www.gfgf-elitesoccerclinic.eventbrite.com.
Team Strong – A 2 1/2 hour session designed for all sports teams, male and femal, to help shape players into a cohesive team unit. Wambach will lead teams through exercises to help build camaraderie and will teach techniques for resolving conflict, enhancing sportsmanship, and building mental and physical stamina. Two different sessions offered: Saturday, September 6 from 3:30 – 6:00pm (www.gfgf-teamstrong-1.eventbrite.com) or Sunday, September 7 from 1:00 – 3:30pm (www.gfgf-teamstrong-2.eventbrite.com).
Meet and Greet with Abby Wambach – Saturday, September 6 from 7:00 – 8:00pm. Get up close and personal with Abby in a relaxed setting. Enjoy a light snack and get to know Abby a bit better. Visit www.gfgf-meetandgreet.eventbrite.com.
Starting Thursday, June 12, River’s Edge Trail users can use an app on their smartphones to scan a QR Code (Quick Response Code) to instantly watch a short one to two minute video created by Foothills Community Christian High School students detailing facts and history of the Trail. This is the second QR Code to be put in place as part of Foothills’ “Scan the Trail” project. This project highlights points of interest and offers trail users a chance to learn fun and historical facts about Great Falls while enjoying one of our city’s greatest outdoor attractions.
Thanks to a PPL Montana Community Fund Grant, the Foothills high school software class was able to purchase equipment to produce these videos. The short videos feature a script written, filmed, produced, and edited by Foothills students as part of their curriculum for this class. The voice you hear on the video is a Foothills student as well.
All are invited to join Foothills students and staff as they unveil this newest QR Code on Thursday, June 12 at 11:30am at the Overlook Park (Flag Hill) gazebo.
Thanks to all who helped make National Trails Day a huge success! Many thanks goes to the planning committee who helped organize the hikes and events in Gibson Park and our fantastic trail hike leaders. Without you, this event would not have happened! We were lucky the weather was bright and sunny and our trips were safe and enjoyable! Thanks also to those with informational booths. We appreciate that you were able to join us and bring your valuable ideas and handouts to the public. For those that provided gifts we distributed from the stage, the folks were pleasantly surprised to recieve them, so thank you!
Special thanks also goes to: