History

Established in 2008 by Fatimah Hussein, the Girls Initiative in Recreation and Leisurely Sports [G.I.R.L.S.] Program (a program of GirlsWin nonprofit organization), is an all-female, culturally appropriate physical activity program located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded as a way to provide culturally appropriate physical activity for Muslim/East African girls in the Cedar-Riverside community, the program now runs twice a week in the Brian Coyle Community Center gym.

G.I.R.L.S. is a program under GirlsWin, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that developed from a joint effort supported by several community organizations, including the Somali American Youth Enrichment Club (SAYEC), the University of Minnesota, Cedar Riverside Community School, Brian Coyle Community Center and Fairview Health Services.