Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Dell Diamond Overnight: Girl Scouts Take Over! by Media Girl Kristen W.

 Media Girl Kristen W., went behind the scenes at this year's Dell Diamond Overnight and got the scoop from Girl Scouts, event organizers and a Round Rock Express player. Read her report below! 

Batter Up! 
On a warm summer day, Girl Scouts of all ages along with their families attended GSCTX
overnight with the Round Rock Express! It was the 12th annual one-of-a-kind sleepover, with a Christmas in July theme and a bright, colorful, and breathtaking firework show!
Now, what exactly brings people to this one-of-a-kind event? This is an important question since there were 206 Girl Scouts staying just for the game and 330 overnighters. It was the largest attendance ever!  Stella F., a Girl Scout, says that she enjoyed it last year very much, so she wanted to come this year, too. Stella also said that she would rate the event with a nine, on a scale of 1-10, and believes others were definitely enjoying it! Paige S., a six-year- old Girl Scout in Troop 110, says she mainly wanted to go to the event to generally have fun. She rates the night with a ten, mainly for swimming. Another Girl Scout, Molly M., a Brownie in Troop 2186 from Pflugerville, TX, has no particular reason that she came, she says, but thinks that other girls had fun. “We got to be at a pool at a baseball game- and that’s very unlikely!” she said.

“I think the idea of the girls coming to a ballgame, enjoying the fun zone and the pool after the game coupled with pizza, soft drinks, and a movie is a very unique experience” said Gregg Miller, Vice President of Business Development, “Cap it off with a night under the stars and it is a really fun event for everyone involved.” The ‘fun zone” is a rock wall, playground, and bungee trampoline. 

Chatting with The Pros
The Express played against the Sacramento River Cats.  New player for the Round Rock Express, Eric Jokisch, took a few moments to chat about the overnight event. He said he believes that it’s unique because the girls get to learn, have new experiences, and have fun.  He jokingly said he hopes the girls don’t tear up the field, and is grateful he gets to sleep in a bed, not the grass!
Jill Cacic, a Dell Diamond spokesperson, has been on staff for 4 years and been at 4 of these overnights. According to her, it is especially unique that the girls sleep on the field. Jill added that there is a similar event to this, but for Boy Scouts. Miller has been to all 12 of the Girl Scout sleepovers, and worked with the Express for 13 seasons. He thinks that the girls are neat and always clean up at the conclusion of the event.  

More GSCTX Fun! 
According to Cacic and Miller, the GSCTX Overnight with the Round Rock Express is different and fun! Girl Scouts do many fun things, such as parties, vacations, and don’t forget about their service! Wendy Riley, Program & Award Specialist, says that some events coming up that Girl Scouts won’t want to miss are, Sweet Berry Farms Pick-A-Pumpkin, Samsung STEM Challenge Finale, and Texas Stars Cookie Kick-Off Overnight.

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