FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona athletics department will hold a National Girls and Women in Sports Day Youth Sports Symposium on Saturday, Feb. 23 in conjunction with the NAU women’s basketball game against Sacramento State Saturday night. The event is open to all girls in 1st-8th grade and requires pre-registration.
“We are thrilled to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) here on the NAU campus and in the Flagstaff community,” said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos. “NGWSD provides a great opportunity to bring together influential women and men that prioritize the impact of sports, health and wellness in lives of girls and women.”
The event starts at 3:00 p.m. with check-in at the Rolle Activity Center. All participants receive a t-shirt, sack pack, a nutritious pre-game meal, admission to the game and recognition at halftime. The women’s basketball team will also hold a postgame autograph session for all participants.
There will be several guest speakers and activities with the NAU student-athletes throughout the event. Members of the golf, soccer and volleyball programs will teach sport-specific skills, while participants will receive information on healthy eating and strength and conditioning.
“We are honored to partner with our fellow NAU student-athletes and coaches to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day. NGWSD recognizes and celebrates the progress of girls and women in sports and the benefits that sports and fitness activities can bring to the lives of all girls and women,” said Head Women’s Basketball Coach Sue Darling. “We welcome the athletes from our community, young and old, and are very excited to meet them following our basketball game that evening vs. Sacramento State.”
Guest tickets are just $3 to the women’s basketball game in the Walkup Skydome at 6:30 p.m. against Sacramento State.
NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 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 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 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.