Girls Sports Symposium to be hosted in New Haven

The New Haven Open tennis tournament will host a symposium intended for female high school athletes and administrators on August 19, 2013.

Sponsored by Aetna, the symposium will feature discussions on women’s athletics, and how to live a healthy, well-rounded life. Top-notch panelists will include a nutritionist, a sports psychologist, and orthopedic surgeon, a high school athletic director, a current college athlete, and Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the CIAC.

The panelists will focus on topics that relate to girls’ athletics, nutrition and overall wellness. Coaches and girls in attendance will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and interact at the conclusion of the event. Some of the topics for discussion will be:

* The mental, emotional, and social aspects of athletic participation
* How nutrition and performance shape our health and lifestyle
* How sportsmanship can effect one’s healthy state
* Risks associated with specialization

Attendees are invited to arrive early and walk the grounds before the symposium begins. At the conclusion of the symposium, attendees can stay in the stadium and watch the New Haven Open, which features the best in women’s tennis, up close and personal.

Overall, the day will be a fun, positive, and informative experience for everyone. A summary of the day’s events are listed below:

* 11:00am – Gates Open
* 12:00-1:30pm – Aetna Girls Symposium: Lunch followed by programming
[Location: Courtside Club]
* 1:30pm – Guests enjoy afternoon tennis matches

There is no cost to attend this event. Due to the seating capacity of the Courtside Club, each school that signs up may bring a total of 6 female athletes along with their coach and/or administrator. Space is limited to the first 140 registrants. Teams or schools must register by using this link to reserve a spot.

Those with questions regarding the event should email Stephanie Ford at The day’s festivities will include a buffet lunch, New Haven Open tickets, and passes to the Symposium, all of which will be provided compliments of Aetna, upon your confirmation to the event. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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