Indiana Athletics to Celebrate National Girls and Women In Sports Day on Feb. 18
Feb. 12, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Prior to the Hoosier women's basketball game against Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 18, the Indiana Department of Athletics will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD).
Sunday will be a chance to meet IU female student-athletes, try new sports skills and learn about the benefits of participating in sports. Pre-game activities include interactive stations focusing on women's health, fitness, safety issues, academic successes and career opportunities. Those in attendance can visit booths hosted by IU Athletics teams, club teams, youth service organizations and IU academic departments. Doors will open at noon with the Hoosiers tipping off against Illinois at 2:05 p.m.
At halftime of Sunday's game, the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) will present the 2007 NGWS HPER Alumni Achievement award to Peggy Martin, a former three-sport student athlete for the Hoosiers and current head volleyball coach at Central Missouri State. A 1972 graduate of IU School of HPER, Martin led the Hoosiers to three straight AIAW Tournament berths during her basketball career, and earned four letters in softball and three in field hockey. Martin later completed her doctorate in physical education at the School of HPER in 1980.
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. 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.
Pre-game festivities are free of charge. Admission to the game is $5 for adults, $3 for youth, and groups of 25 or more are $2 per person. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the game or in advance by calling 866-IUSPORTS (866-487-7678).
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