National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Philadelphia - Penn Athletics is proud to sponsor the annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 19, 2005. The Day was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to honor female athletic achievement and recognize the importance of sports and fitness participation for all girls and women. On February 19, Penn will celebrate NGWSD at The Palestra when the Quakers battle Ivy League rival Yale at 7 p.m.

The first 100 female fans will receive NGWSD t-shirts commemorating the day. There will also be posters and other information available for athletes and parents alike. In addition, the Penn Women’s Basketball program will be welcoming its alumnae back with its annual Alumnae Game. Tip off for the Alumnae Game is at 4 p.m. After the Quakers play the Yale Bulldogs at 7 p.m., two youth girls CYO teams will take The Palestra floor to complete the evening of basketball.

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. This year’s theme is, "More Than a Game". Whether you are a new participant or a veteran, your support of the Day will go a long way to increase visibility for female athletes and advance their struggle for equality in sports.

The first NGWSD was organized to remember and honor 1984 Olympic volleyball silver medalist Flo Hyman, who died of Marfan's Syndrome during a volleyball game in 1986. The national celebration, recognized in all 50 states with community-based events, awards and other activities, calls attention to the positive influence of sports and fitness participation and to advances in the struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

In honor of NGWSD, the Ivy League has launched a new website dedicated to the League’s history -