Duke to Host National Girls & Women in Sports Day

Courtesy: Iron Dukes
Release: January 09, 2020
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke Athletics is proud to host events on Saturday and Sunday, February 1 & 2, 2020 for its second annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) to recognize the achievements of girls and women in sports and to encourage all youth to participate in sports and fitness activities.

The year 2020 marks the 34th annual NGWSD and Duke Athletics will host two events promoting NGWSD with the first being a youth clinic. The youth clinic, held on Saturday, February 1, will showcase female varsity sports in an interactive fashion on the campus of Duke University. There is no limit to the number of participants and the event is free and open to the public. Registration is open now can be done here.

On Sunday, February 2, Duke will host a Power Panel and lunch that will honor female athletes. The event is one of more than 500 events taking place across the country in honor of NGWSD. Programming starts at 11 a.m., with breakout sessions beginning at 11:45 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m., followed by admission to the Duke women's basketball game versus NC State at 2:00 p.m. The Sunday event is open to girls in grades 6th - 12th and their parents/guardians.

Tickets are $25 as part of early bird pricing and include lunch, giveaways and a ticket to the Duke women's basketball versus NC State game. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.

Sue Gordon '80, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence and three-time Duke women's basketball captain, will moderate the Power Panel, with panelists to be announced at a later date. The panelists will be former and current Duke student-athletes.

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.