Play Fair
February 7, 2018 marks the 32nd Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). The 2018 theme is “Play Fair, Play IX.” NGWSD is a time to celebrate the extraordinary achievements in girls and women’s sports and the positive influence athletic participation brings to their lives. NGWSD recognizes the ongoing effort towards equality and access for women in sports and the nation’s commitment to expand sport and participation opportunities for all girls and future generations.

Play Fair, Play IX.  In just 37 words, Title IX ensures that students receive educational opportunities free from discrimination based on sex. It’s a short and simple law, but it has truly changed the game for girls and women in sports.  Although Title IX has expanded opportunities for female athletes, many schools across the country still don’t provide equal opportunities for girls to participate in sports.

The NGWSD Coalition knows that educating the public about the power of this legislation is critical to its enforcement, so we encourage you to learn more about our work and the Title IX resources we provide.  The more you understand Title IX and the rights it protects, the better you’ll be able to ensure that everyone in your community has the same chance to benefit from playing sports.

For more than three decades, NGWSD has empowered women and girls to get moving, embrace physical activity and push past their limits. The courage, confidence and character gained through sports participation are the very tools girls need to become the strong leaders of tomorrow.

Promote girls playing sports in your community, too! We hope you will honor NGWSD in your community and Play Fair, Play IX! Check out the NGWSD Event Action Kit to find out how to get your own celebration started.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Murphy at or (516) 307-3971.




The History of NGWSD

National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) began in 1987 as a special day in our nation’s capital to recognize women’s sports. The day united premiere organizations and elite female athletes to bring national attention to the promise of girls and women in sports.

In 1987, NGWSD also served as a remembrance of Olympic volleyball player, Flo Hyman, for her athletic achievements and dedication to promoting equality for women’s sports; Hyman died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986. NGWSD has since evolved into an event to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, the positive influence of sports participation and the continuing struggle for equality for women in sports.

NGWSD is celebrated annually across all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies and other celebratory activities. NGWSD is organized by the members of the National Girls & Women in Sports Day Coalition. Champion women athletes have also contributed to annual NGWSD activities.

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National Girls & Women in Sports Day Coalition

The National Girls & Women in Sports Day Coalition is comprised of
four premiere organizations in the United States.

Deborah Antoine
Chief Executive Officer

The Women’s Sports Foundation is dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring girls access to sports. Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, our work shapes public attitude about women’s sports and athletes, builds capacities for organizations that get girls active, ensures equal opportunities for girls and women, and supports physically and emotionally healthy lifestyles. Learn more at

Neena Chaudhry
Director of Education and Senior Counsel

The Center has worked for more than 40 years to protect and promote equality and opportunity for women and families. We champion policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential at school, at home, in the workplace, and in retirement. Learn more at

Don Wright, MD, MPH
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health

As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and the Office on Women’s Health work together to advance public health issues that impact the ability of women and girls to live healthy and active lives. Learn more at and and

Judy Vredenburgh
President & CEO

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Informed by girls and their families, we also advocate for legislation, policies and practices to advance the rights and opportunities of girls and young women. Learn more at


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