SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA- The National Academy of Athletics will lead an event for Girl Scouts of the USA on the topic of Sports & Fitness this Saturday. Girls Scouts, since it began in 1912, has grown to 1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults. They use leadership development methods to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The two organizations share many similarities in their passion to provide our youth with enriching life experiences. The NAofA focuses on promoting positive mental and physical development through sports.  They are dedicated to inspiring children to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

Girl Scouts of the USA have partnered with the NAofA to bring experts in the field of sports and fitness to their Girl Scout members.

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This ZOOM event will be led by NAofA Area Captain Jourdan Ziff. It will take place on Saturday at 12:00pm PST with 450 participants. The online event quickly filled to capacity after being announced. During this one-hour session, Jourdan, an accomplished female athlete and fitness expert, will discuss her Sports & Fitness experience, the importance of living an active and healthy life, and offer guidance on the topic.


Girl Scouts earn badges by acquiring practical skills. The NAofA is honored these Girl Scouts will be earning their Sports & Fitness Shield to represent their participation in this event. The National Academy of Athletics’ mission is to not only provide the nation’s youth with fun sports and fitness opportunities, their goal is each child will become passionate about living an active healthy lifestyle. They strongly believe through group sports, children learn important life skills, like teamwork, leadership, and responsibility. Similarly, sports teach other important life lessons through competition, perseverance, and sportsmanship. Aaron Locks, Founder & CEO of the NAofA, is looking forward to the opportunity to collaborate with Girl Scouts. He stated, “The Girls Scouts of the USA has had such a long tradition of providing quality learning experiences for girls. It is exciting that they will be joining forces with our leadership at the National Academy of Athletics to provide their members with such a unique and personalized athletic experience.”

For the speaker, Jourdan, being an athlete was the essence of her upbringing. She was a multi-sport athlete in her childhood, engaging in both individual and team athletics.

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Through her concentration in soccer, she played at the collegiate level and professional level in Europe. During her Division 1 career at Loyola University Maryland, she served as the team captain both her junior and senior year. During the event, she will be addressing her personal story

along with her knowledge of endurance building, increasing strength, cross-training, the benefits of stretching, setting goals, staying motivated, and lastly, good sportsmanship, and being a team player.

“Jourdan is one of the NAofA’s finest. Her positive attitude, joyful nature, and passion to mentor young kids make her an ideal representative of the National Acadamy of Athletics. As a prior Girl Scout myself, I know the importance of having great role models at such a young age. I am confident Jourdan will be an inspiration for these young Girl Scouts,” said Laree Mancour, Partner at the NAofA.

The NAofA leads this Girl Scout event to discuss the principles of the badges: Junior Practice with Purpose (steps 1-3), Cadette Good Sportsmanship (steps 1-5), and Senior Cross Training (steps 1-5.)

To learn more about the Girl Scouts of the USA organization, click here