Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s today’s release about the women’s basketball team, which will celebrate National Girls & Women In Sports Day on Wednesday, February 5:
NORTON, Mass. – On Wednesday, February 5, the Wheaton College Athletics Department will celebrate National Girls & Women In Sports Day (NGWSD) by honoring its female student-athletes at halftime of the Lyons’ women’s basketball game against Coast Guard Academy. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Emerson Gymnasium.
NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player, Flo Hyman, for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day devoted to acknowledging the past accomplishments of female athletes and recognizing current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.
“National Girls and Women In Sports Day allows us to stop and reflect on the progress women have made in athletics,” said Wheaton College Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Women Administrator Lisa Yenush ’90. “It also allows us the opportunity to recognize special achievements, which is why we have chosen to recognize our senior student-athletes at halftime. Our seniors have accomplished success on their respective playing fields, in the classroom and also in the community through their hard work and dedication. National Girls and Women In Sports Day is a great way to highlight and honor their outstanding efforts.”
The National Girls and Women in Sport Coalition are responsible for organizing the national NGWSD. The Coalition combines the experience and resources of the five premiere girls- and women-serving organizations in the United States: Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Incorporated, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, National Women’s Law Center, and the Women’s Sports Foundation. Collectively, these organizations have been in existence for more than 600 years and have a total membership of 5.6 million girls and women.