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NAU Athletics Hosts 2nd Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona athletics department will once again celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day for the second consecutive year with a celebration that will stretch over two weekends in February. The celebration will begin on Saturday, Feb. 8, with a Youth Sports Symposium in conjunction with the NAU men’s basketball game against Southern Utah that night and will continue the following weekend with a meet and greet and halftime recognition at the NAU women’s basketball game against Eastern Washington. The clinic on Feb. 8 is open to all youth, both boys and girls, in 1st-8th grade and requires pre-registration.

“Last year was so much fun as we partnered with our fellow NAU student-athletes and coaches to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day,” said head women’s basketball coach Sue Darling.  “This year, we have scheduled the symposium on February 8th so that NAU women’s basketball coaches and student-athletes can teach basketball skills and drills to the young athletes.  We will also have an autograph session for all of the participants following our game on February 15th versus Eastern Washington.”

The symposium will start at 3:00 p.m. with check-in at the Rolle Activity Center. All participants will receive a t-shirt, sack pack, healthy snacks at the clinic as well as free admission to the men’s basketball game. All participants will also be invited back to the women’s basketball game the following week where they will have an opportunity to meet NAU’s female student-athletes prior to the game. During the women’s game on Feb. 15, all participants will be invited on the court for halftime recognition and all female student-athletes, coaches and Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos will hold a postgame autograph session.

There will be several guest speakers and activities with the NAU student-athletes throughout the symposium. Student-athletes from several of the NAU teams will teach sport-specific skills in rotation stations, while participants will receive information on healthy eating and strength and conditioning.

On Feb. 13, the women’s basketball team will host Portland State at 12 p.m. The day will be designated as Field Trip Day and schools that RSVP will receive free admission and participate in a program at the game. More information will be provided at a later date.

"The National Girls and Women's Sports Day gives us the opportunity to highlight the importance of empowering girls and young women to strive for excellence in any field that they choose,” said head women’s soccer coach Andre Luciano. “It is a fantastic way for the participants to interact with student-athletes and coaches, and for our NAU students and coaches to give back to the Flagstaff community. We look forward to having the chance to be a part of this great event again."

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.

Schedule of Events:

Feb. 8 - NGWSD Youth Symposium, Men's Basketball vs. Southern Utah

Feb. 13 - Field Trip Day, Women's Basketball vs. Portland State

Feb. 15 - Meet & Greet, Halftime recognition, Postgame autograph session, Women's Basketball vs. Eastern Washington

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