DURHAM, N.C. – Duke Athletics is proud to host events on Saturday, February 23 for its inaugural National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) to join the effort toward equal access and opportunity for women and girls in sports. All support will help fund scholarships for Duke female student-athletes for years to come.
“Duke Athletics is extremely excited, not to mention proud, to host its inaugural celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day this upcoming February 23rd,” Director of Athletics Kevin White said. “To be sure, we look forward to engaging the Durham community and empowering local youth in order to show the positive influence of sport across all ages and genders. Furthermore, the financial impact on future scholarships for Duke female student-athletes is, simply put, another meaningful byproduct of this fantastic event.”
2019 marks the 33rd annual NGWSD and Duke Athletics will host two events promoting NGWSD with the first being a youth clinic. The clinic will showcase the 13 Duke female varsity sports in an interactive fashion in Cameron Indoor Stadium and Scharf Hall on Duke’s campus. Field hockey, club lacrosse, rowing, strength & conditioning, sports nutrition, cheerleading, volleyball, basketball, track & field and more are expected to attend. There is no limit to the number of participants and the event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registration can be done here.
Following the youth clinic, Duke will host a dinner to honor female athletes of all ages. More than 300 people are expected to attend the celebration, which supports scholarships for Duke female student-athletes. Cocktail hour will start at 6:30 p.m., with dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m., in Blue Devil Tower. Adult tickets are $60 each while youth tickets (12 and under) are $35 each. Table sponsorships are available and start at $3,000. Tickets can be purchased at here.
Abby Wambach, an American retired soccer player, coach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, will be the keynote speaker for the dinner celebration.
NGWSD began in 1987 as a special day in our nation’s capital to recognize women’s sports. The day united premiere organizations and elite female athletes to bring national attention to the promise of girls and women in sports.
In 1987, NGWSD also served as a remembrance of Olympic volleyball player, Flo Hyman, for her athletic achievements and dedication to promoting equality for women’s sports; Hyman died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986. NGWSD has since evolved into an event to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, the positive influence of sports participation and the continuing struggle for equality for women in sports.
NGWSD is celebrated annually across all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies and other celebratory activities. NGWSD is organized by the members of the National Girls & Women in Sports Day Coalition. Champion women athletes have also contributed to annual NGWSD activities.
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