Girls and women weren’t always able to participate in sports and to celebrate the progress we’ve made, February 3rd marks the 24th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day. It’s a day when thousands of sports educators, coaches, athletic directors, students and parents across the country honor the achievements and encourage participation of girls and women in athletics.
This year’s theme is “Stay Strong, Play On.”
Since its inception in 1987, National Girls and Women in Sports Day has become the premier occasion to celebrate the success and accomplishments of girls and women athletes. What started in 1987 as a single event in Washington, D.C. to honor Olympic volleyball star Flo Hyman has grown into a nationwide celebration across all 50 states.
However, despite the stunning advances made in the 38 years since Title IX was enacted, high school girls still receive 1.3 million fewer participation opportunities than do boys, and evidence suggests that the money spent on girls’ sports programs lags significantly behind the money spent on boys’ programs.
Loads of special sports clinics, luncheons, games and park programs will take place. Whether you are a new participant or a veteran, your support of the Day will go a long way to increase visibility for female athletes and advance their struggle for equality in sports.
Visit the NGWSD web site for a complete listing of events going on February 3rd.
And take a look at this PSA from last year narrated by Women’s Sports Foundation President Jessica Mendoza.