Feb. 7, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Department will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) on Sunday, Feb. 10, when the 13th-ranked women's basketball team plays host to Michigan. The festivities include a free sports clinic in Lambert Fieldhouse from 9 to 11 a.m. ET with the basketball game set to tip at noon, live on the Big Ten Network.
Members of the Purdue volleyball, track and field, soccer, swimming and diving teams as well as the cheerleaders are scheduled to participate in the clinic. Activities in Lambert include basic skill instruction, a bounce house, inflatable basketball hoop and a craft area where participants can make signs for the Boilermakers versus Michigan.
Upon entry into Lambert Fieldhouse, each child will receive a PasSport booklet containing information about NGWSD as well as a photo of each Purdue women's team, along with a trivia question about the sport.
Group tickets for Girl Scouts and their families are available for $2 each. For Girls Scout group tickets, please contact Katie Aspin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (765) 494-3311.
The game also has been designated as the Alumnae Day game with over 30 former women's basketball players scheduled to attend.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day is an initiative which celebrates achievement in athletics, healthy living and the positive influence of sports participation.
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. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day of recognition for past and current sports achievements, and the positive influence of sports participation. It also highlights the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports. The national celebration is jointly organized by the National Girls and Women in Sport Coalition.
Each year Purdue Athletics creates a special event for the community in conjunction with a Purdue women's basketball game.