Athletics Department Hosts Discussion on Girls in Sports

Posted: February 18, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Matt Winkler

The Patriots’ sports psychologist, Debbie Wilson, will give a free presentation titled “The Role of Sports in Girls’ Lives” for parents and young athletes on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2:30 p.m. in the Patriot Center’s Patriot Club Hospitality Room. Special ticket prices for the women’s basketball game against Virginia Commonwealth, which begins at 4 p.m., will be available for attendees.

Wilson, director of student-athlete welfare and sports psychology in Intercollegiate Athletics, has more than two decades of experience offering personal, social, and career-related counseling to young student-athletes, as well as to parents, coaches, and entire teams. Her own experience as head women’s basketball coach at Ohio State University and as a former athlete at James Madison University gives her special insight into the pressures faced by girls in sports.

“Of particular emphasis will be girls under 18 years of age,” Wilson says. “There are continuous demands on their time and energy, as well as their parents, and the expectations on their athletic performance are high. We will examine the positives and negatives of sports participation and the values it places on the lives of competitive young female athletes.”

Write to at