Loyola Hosts Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 12

Jan. 13, 2005

Baltimore, Md. - Loyola College is celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 12, 2005. Loyola's celebration is open to all girls up to the eighth grade level. Activities including scavenger hunts, poster decoration, face painting and tours will begin at 10:30 with check in at McGuire Hall. All activities are free and all participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt, poster and more. Admission to the Loyola/Marist women's basketball game and lunch are also included.

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. Hyman died of Marfan's Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. 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 struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

NGWSD is jointly organized by the National Girls and Women in Sport Coalition. The Coalition combines the experience and resources of the seven premiere girls- and women-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.

Collectively, these organizations have been in existence for over 427 years and have a membership reach of 5.5 million girls and women.