GAME ON! IS BORN – The story behind its evolution
Back in the 1970s while competing in tennis, basketball, volleyball and softball at Highland Park High School, Barb would have shrugged off any notion that she would someday end up pursuing her dream business. Following high school, Barb was off to play tennis at the University of Michigan (1978) and then on to law school, eight years with the United States Attorney’s Office here 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 the 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 was proud to open a second camp in downtown Chicago in 2011 and is expecting to continue expansion, both with respect to overnight and day camps, around the country in years to come.
In addition to her legal and business background, Barb has also spent years involved in sport and fitness. As far back as winning the “Best Athlete” award at Edgewood Junior High School in Highland Park, she has put a lot of heart into competitive sports. Even after an active sports career in high school and in college, she continues to play on a championship “A League” softball team. Fitness also continues to figure prominently into Barb’s life.
Most recently, Barb is honored to have been inducted into the Highland Park High School Athletic Hall of Fame.