A Look Back: National Girls and Women in Sports Day

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WASHINGTON - The American University Department of Athletics and Recreation celebrated its 31st annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) event alongside the women's basketball home game against Army on Saturday, February 11.

Eighty kids of all ages stayed after the game to join student-athletes from each of American's seven varsity women's teams - basketball, cross country/track, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, and volleyball- along with men's wrestling and the cheer and dance squads for an autograph session and skills clinics.

"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 across the country with community-based events, award ceremonies and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sport.  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.

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