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Lead Her Forward: Wilmington Athletics Celebrates NGWSD at Basketball Game

Copyright 2020. Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Elia Lichterman and Olivia Filipowski. February 1, 2020 vs. Post for National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
Copyright 2020. Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Elia Lichterman and Olivia Filipowski. February 1, 2020 vs. Post for National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

NEWARK, Del. - - In conjunction with the Women's Sports Foundation the Wilmington University athletic department celebrated National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) on Saturday, February 1st during the women's basketball game at the WU Athletics Complex.

According to the Women's Sports Foundation's website and now in its 34th year, "NGWSD honors the achievements of female athletes, coaches and leaders and continues to Lead Her Forward by acknowledging the power of sports to unlock her limitless potential."

On Saturday, WilmU Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator Erin Harvey organized and scheduled a number of young women in the Wilmington community to be paired with game workers from the Wildcats' women's sports team to successfully manage an NCAA Division II women's basketball game. The young women held such jobs as the game day administrator, public address announcer, floor sweeper, athletic training assistant, team manager, table manager, t-shirt table handler, in-arena DJ, photographer, and webstream graphic operator.

"NGWSD gives us a chance to celebrate all girls and women in sports," said Harvey. "It is extremely important that we continue to support, inspire, and motivate young women to continue to be involved in the sports they love. Athletic participation instills so many great values and principles that will empower females in their education, local communities, and in the decisions they will be forced to make. The talents and experiences can lead to careers in sports and more importantly, help develop life skills that will carry them far into the future."

National Girls and Women in Sports Day began in 1987 was President Ronald Reagan declared February 4, 1987 as Nation Women in Sports Day. The day was originally initiated as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her achievements and work for equality. While playing in a volleyball tournament in Japan, Hyman collapsed and died suddenly from the genetic disorder Marfan's Syndrome.

The motto for NGWSD 2020: Lead Her Forward.

Click here to see the photo album from Saturday's basketball game and NGWSD celebration.