BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — GIRLS Sports Foundation co-founder and president Cecelie Owens sees her younger self in the girls that are attending her week-long sports camp.
"That's me out there 40 years ago," Owens said. "So I know what sports did for me."
Owens and her sister, Carlette Bradley, came up with the GIRLS Sports Foundation in 2007. It started as a vision to just hold a one-time basketball clinic.
"We started based on a conversation we had in my sister's kitchen," Bradley said. "And we haven't stopped ever since."
This year's inaugural week-long camp has over 200 participants from age 8 to age 18. For the summer of 2020, Owens and Bradley want to expand the camp from a week to a month. And it's all about giving back.
"If it can happen for me, it can happen for those girls," Owens said. "So I want to provide them the atmosphere to be around positive role models and women who look like them who can give them some hope for the future."