Newark – University of Delaware celebrated National Girls & Women in Sports Day this morning at the Delaware Field House in Newark. The event was kicked-off by Blue Hens Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tina Martin. Martin spoke to the girls about sports before joining the girls in a chicken dance and a group dab.
Girls age 5 to 12-years-old took part in a number of sports clinics administered by UD Women’s Athletics student-athletes and coaches. The clinics were designed to to introduce girls to sports they may not have considered playing or may not be familiar with. The young ladies took part in rowing, tennis, lacrosse, track and field, soccer, field hockey, swimming, volleyball, golf, baseball and were later invited to root on the woman’s Blue Hens basketball team at their game. The girls joined the team in the Halftime Hens High Five Tunnel, to wish the team luck for the 2nd half.
National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) began in 1987 as a special day in our nation’s capital to recognize women’s sports. The day united premiere organizations and elite female athletes to bring national attention to the promise of girls and women in sports. In 1987, NGWSD also served as a remembrance of Olympic volleyball player, Flo Hyman, for her athletic achievements and dedication to promoting equality for women’s sports; Hyman died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986. NGWSD has since evolved into an event to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, the positive influence of sports participation and the continuing struggle for equality for women in sports.
National Girls & Women in Sports Day is celebrated annually across all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies and other celebratory activities. NGWSD is organized by the members of the National Girls & Women in Sports Day Coalition. Champion women athletes have also contributed to annual NGWSD activities. For more information, please visit: www.NGWSD.org.
The National Girls & Women in Sports Day Coalition is comprised of four premiere organizations in the United States including the Women’s Sports Foundation, National Women’s Law Center, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and Girls Inc. Visit the official web site www.NGWSD.org for more information.
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