ABOUT GAME ON!
Since 2007, Game On! has been dedicated to working with girls* in grades K – 8th to encourage a lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle that includes sports and fitness. Through our unique summer camps, school year programs, and community outreach, we have effectively empowered girls through sports by building their confidence and teaching skills and values crucial to their growth as an athlete AND a person.
*Game On! Boulder welcomes all who identify as a girl, as well as non-binary and gender expansive youth.
To harness the power of sports to shape the strong girls that become the valued teammates and high achievers of tomorrow.
To inspire or enhance a lifelong appreciation for a healthy lifestyle, including sports & fitness
To empower/build confidence through sports
To promote skill development for all levels through quality instruction and fun
To teach and promote solid life skills & core values through sports
To inspire our campers and their families to support our women’s collegiate and professional sports teams through education and experience
Back in the 1970s while competing in tennis, basketball, volleyball and softball at Highland Park High School, Game On! and the notion of passing on the gift of sports to young girls was but a distant dream. Following high school, Barb Lazarus was off to play tennis at the University of Michigan (1978), followed by law school, eight years with the United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago, and ultimately on to success in the business world.
For years, Barb dreamed about opening a sports camp for girls in conjunction with other community-oriented sports programming. She had always talked about how much her involvement in sports had positively shaped her life. She had been an early beneficiary of Title IX and never stopped appreciating the doors of opportunity that opened as a result. Moreover, Barb credited sports with building self- image, confidence and lasting friendships and memories that have laid the groundwork for a very fulfilling business and personal life.
In 2006, Barb decided it was time and Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls was born. The first camp opened in 2007 at Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois. Barb, together with then Director of Operations and now co-owner Sara Rubin, was proud to open a second camp in downtown Chicago in 2011 and then on to other states across the country.
GAME ON! BOULDER
In 2015, Game On! expanded to Boulder, CO, running two preview weeks of summer camp. Shortly after, Maria Anderson, a local mom of two with a love of community and a background in marketing, joined the team as Director of Development. Over the next few years, Maria worked to grow Game On! in the Boulder area, also serving as Camp Director.
In December 2019, Maria became the licensed owner/operator of Game On! Sports 4 Girls - Boulder. With the support of the entire Game On! team, Maria continues to bring the same passion, commitment, and dedication to empowering the girls in Boulder area community.