Tulsa to Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day This Friday
Feb. 6, 2007
Tulsa, Okla. - The University of Tulsa will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) on Friday, February 9th, along with thousands of sports enthusiasts from across the nation, with community-based events, award ceremonies and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports.
The Golden Hurricane will celebrate this year's theme, "Throw like a girl -- Lead like a champion!", as the Tulsa women's basketball team takes on Marshall beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. All girls, eighth-grade and under, will receive free admittance to the game if they wear a team jersey or t-shirt of any sport to the game, and the first 100 girls will receive a free gift. An autograph session with Tulsa student-athletes will begin at 6:30 p.m., and after the game the women's basketball team will be available for autographs on the court.
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. NGWSD is a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.
NGWSD is jointly organized by the National Girls and Women in Sport Coalition. The Coalition combines the experience and resources of the six 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, the Women's Sports Foundation, and the YWCA USA. Collectively, these organizations have been in existence for over 427 years and have a membership reach of 5.5 million girls and women.
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