Leading the Way
The theme of the 31st annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day is Expanding Opportunity. It recognizes the extraordinary progress sparked by Title IX and the ongoing effort to ensure access to sports for girls and women.  Despite the legislation’s impact, only 40% of high school girls are currently playing sports, leaving three-in-five girls without the opportunity to compete.
Research demonstrates that girls who play sports have better health, higher self-esteem, stronger leadership skills, greater academic achievement and economic opportunity. Let’s work together through NGWSD to get these three-in-five girls in the game and expand their opportunities both in sports and in life.

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.

Collectively, hundreds of thousands of people participate in NGWSD and the number of events hosted around the country continues to expand each year.

Promote girls playing sports in your community, too! Celebrate NGWSD and join us in Expanding Opportunity in 2017. Check out the NGWSD Event Action Kit to find out how to get your own celebration started.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Murphy at EMurphy@WomensSportsFoundation.org 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 www.WomensSportsFoundation.org.

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 www.nwlc.org.

Don Wright, MD, MPH
Acting Executive Director

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition engages, educates, and empowers all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. The President’s Council is made up of athletes, chefs, physicians, fitness professionals, and educators who are appointed by the President and serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Learn more at www.fitness.gov.

Judy Vredenburgh
President & CEO

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges they face. The Girls Inc. experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Learn more at www.GirlsInc.org.

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