American Set to Host 31st-Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day

American Set to Host 31st-Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day

WASHINGTON - The American University Department of Athletics and Recreation is proud to celebrate the 31st annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) on Saturday, Feb. 11, alongside the AU women's basketball game against Army.  Tipoff in Bender Arena is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Following the game, each of American's seven varsity women's teams - basketball, cross country/track, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, and volleyball - along with the cheer and dance squads, will lead skills clinics and sign autographs for kids of all ages in attendance on the floor of Bender Arena.  Children are asked to wear athletic shoes for the clinic, which is free for anyone with a game ticket.

"Participation in sports can yield a lifetime of benefits for girls and young women," Athena Argyropoulos, Senior Associate Athletic Director at American University, said. "Skills learned now, such as leadership, teamwork and setting goals, will last a lifetime in various aspects of life's journey."  

"Our student-athletes know this from experience, and by sharing it with the future generations, the cycle will only become stronger."

NGWSD is celebrated in all states with community-based events, award ceremonies and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports.  NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympian volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. 

Click here to purchase tickets in advance online for just $4 by using the code "NGWSD17".  Call (202) 885-TIXX for more information.