ZURICH Ė Over 340 events in 31 countries will be organized as part of the IIHF World Girlsí Ice Hockey Weekend taking place throughout the upcoming weekend of 12th and 13th October 2013.
Thatís the number of events that have been registered until today, the United Nationsí International Day of the Girl Child.
Itís the third year for the annual initiative, which continues to grow with events taking place for the first time in countries such as Denmark, Georgia, Hong Kong and Poland.
The initiative started in 2011 to grow womenís ice hockey, create awareness about the sport and help recruit players with the help of national and regional ice hockey bodies, leagues, clubs and teams. Events have taken place in many non-traditional hockey nations such as Argentina, Australia, Malaysia, Spain, and Turkey.
Organizers get suggestions for a training plan where girls and women can come and try to play hockey in a fun and save environment. Participants ranged from girls as young as three years of age, to teenagers and even some of their mothers who decided to take the ice for the event, since itís never too late and always fun to try hockey.
The participants can also learn more about womenís hockey in their community and country and about joining a hockey school or team. It may be too late for Sochi 2014 but maybe this is the weekend future Olympians will have launched their careers.
The weekend will begin on Saturday in Australia and Asia before the events go over to Europe and from there to North and Latin America. More events will follow on Sunday. Thousands of girls and women are expected to participate also this year.
Will you be at one of the events? Check out our list of events to see what happens in your area. For more information on a specific event, please contact the organizer.
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