Area girls have chance to learn how to play hockey for free

Over 150 girls from around the area spent Sunday learning how to play hockey.

All day at the Onalaska Omni Center, girls got a free chance to learn how to play the sport alongside professionals and college players.

Originally, organizers expected only about 50 people to show up but the event was so popular, the turnout tripled expectations.

They say the sport allows young girls a chance to develop as an athlete and as a person.

“This is an opportunity to for them to one, develop their motor skills, learn social skills, not just through the game but through their interaction with other girls. It builds confidence and strength for them and really creates a team environment,” said Mark Thorn, Onalaska High Schools girls’ hockey coach.

Organizers are planning to run a similar event in August.