Blue Hens Host Youth Girls Sports Clinic as Part of National Girls and Women In Sports Day
February 14, 2013
NEWARK, Del. -- On Sunday, Feb. 3, the University of Delaware hosted its second annual National Girls and Women In Sports Day (NGWSD). The event featured a free youth sports clinic from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for Blue Hen females 5 to 12 years of age.
2012 CAA Women’s Basketball Coach of Year Tina Martin welcomed all attendees and spoke about the importance of the day before all 100 participants rotated from station to station to interact with UD women’s athletics & recreation student-athletes and coaches. The interactive fun was provided by Club Women’s Lacrosse; Blue Hens Strength & Conditioning with Delaware Baseball student-athletes; and the following varsity programs: field hockey, women’s soccer, rowing, softball, women’s swimming & diving, women’s golf, volleyball, women’s cross country, and women’s track & field.
In addition, all girls that participated in the NGWSD youth sports clinic were invited to each receive a complimentary game ticket to root on the Fightin’ Blue Hens Women’s Basketball team vs. Hofstra later that day at the Bob Carpenter Center (BCC). Additional tickets were available at a discounted price. The pregame Family Fun Zone with interactive fun and games for fans of all ages was open on the BCC Concourse following the clinic until tip-off at 2 p.m. All NGWSD clinic participants were also invited to form the Hens High Five Tunnel at halftime and high five the Blue Hens as they took the court for the second half of the game.
For photos and video from the event, links are provided above.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day began in 1987 as a single event in Washington, D.C. to honor Olympic volleyball star Flo Hyman. Since then, the day has grown into a nationwide celebration across all 50 states. The day can always be attributed back to the work Hyman did as an athlete and for her work to assure equality for women's sports.
Hyman died of Marfan syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since then, NGWSD has become a day to acknowledge the past accomplishments of female athletes and recognizing current sports achievements of women in sports.
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