Loyola Athletics To Host National Girls and Women In Sports Day February 10

Jan. 15, 2008

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BALTIMORE - Loyola College will host a celebration of women and their contributions to, and ongoing participation in, athletics on February 10, 2008, when the Greyhounds' women's basketball team hosts Saint Peter's College.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day, which is open to girls in Kindergarten through the eighth grade will feature many exciting events that begin at 10 a.m., includes admission to the basketball game at 12 noon and culminates with an ice cream social at 3 p.m.

"This is a great opportunity for girls in our community to come out and see a basketball game while they participate in a day that is geared to celebrating women of all ages," Loyola Head Women's Basketball Coach Joe Logan said. "We hope that parents will encourage their daughters to attend and that our event will serve as a lasting reminder of the importance of continued advancement of women in sports."

Check-in starts at 10 a.m. in McGuire Hall in Loyola's Andrew White Student Center. From there, participants will be able to tour Loyola athletics facilities with student-athletes from the College's women's varsity athletics teams.

Girls will also be able to participate in a scavenger hunt, face painting and poster decoration. They will also be treated to free pizza while they prepare to cheer on the Loyola women's basketball team.

All activities are free of charge, and participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and more. Admission to the Loyola-Saint Peter's women's basketball game is also free.

National Girl and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) is organized by the National Girls and Women in Sport Coalition, which combines the experience and resources of the seven premiere female-serving organizations in the United States: American Association of University Women, Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Incorporated, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, National Women's Law Center, the Women's Sports Foundation and the YWCA USA.

NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player FLo Hyman for her athletic achievements and work to ensure equality for women's sports. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation and the continuing goal of equality and access for women in sports.

"Women in Sports Day is a time that girls can come to Loyola campus and see how much fun it is, as well as the dedication it requires, to be a student-athlete in college," Loyola Head Volleyball Coach Kristina Hernandez said. "It is important for girls and young women to be active, and their participation in sports helps promote a healthy lifestyle."

For more information on the event, or to RSVP, visit the Loyola athletics website or call 410-617-5013.