Mason Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Posted: February 2, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Halpin

“Throw like a girl – lead like a champion!”

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Mason will join thousands of sports educators, coaches, athletic directors, recreation directors, students and parents across the country to show their support of this theme and National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD).

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 since evolved into a day to acknowledge past and current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

At Mason, Information Services and University Life will sponsor a rally on the Prince William Campus at 1 p.m. in the Bull Run Hall atrium to show support for all female Mason athletes.

Snacks will be served and free student tickets will be given out to the women’s basketball game on Feb. 8 against the University of Delaware. Women’s basketball head coach Debbie Taneyhill will be there with members of her team as well as many other Mason athletes.

Taneyhill remembers her father, who later became her high school basketball coach, taking her to the first women’s NCAA Final Four in Norfolk, Va., when she was in fifth grade.

“That is something I will always remember. It has a greater impact on me now when I think about how far we’ve come. Now, the Final Four has 20,000 people in attendance and is on national TV.

“The ground we’ve covered in 20 to 25 years is amazing,” says Taneyhill. “This day is a great way to educate the younger generation on just how far women’s athletics have come.”

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