Content excerpts originally posted by the Women’s Sports Foundation for the NGWSD website.
Today is National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). According to the Women’s Sports Foundation’s website, the theme of the 31st annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day is Expanding Opportunity. It recognizes the extraordinary progress sparked by Title IX and the ongoing effort to ensure access to sports for girls and women. Despite the legislation’s impact, only 40% of high school girls are currently playing sports, leaving three-in-five girls without the opportunity to compete.
Research demonstrates that girls who play sports have better health, higher self-esteem, stronger leadership skills, greater academic achievement and economic opportunity. For more than three decades, NGWSD has empowered women and girls to get moving, embrace physical activity and push past their limits. The courage, confidence and character gained through sports participation are the very tools girls need to become the strong leaders of tomorrow. Collectively, hundreds of thousands of people participate in NGWSD and the number of events hosted around the country continues to expand each year.
National Girls & Women in Sports Day (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. For more information, please visit: www.NGWSD.org
The National Girls & Women in Sports Day Coalition includes four premiere organizations in the United States including the Women’s Sports Foundation, National Women’s Law Center, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and Girls Inc. Visit the official web site www.NGWSD.org for more information. To learn more about the extraordinary work of the Women’s Sports Foundation, founded by Billie Jean King, visit them at www.WomensSportsFoundation.org.