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February 2, 2011

The Ivy League Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of National Girls and Women in Sports Day

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League supports and celebrates today, February 2, 2011, as the 25th anniversary of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

On this day, thousands of sports educators, coaches, athletic directors, recreation directors, association members, sponsors, students, and parents across the country will show their support of the Day and of this year's theme, "Play, Believe, Achieve."

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 celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports.

Ivy League institutions are celebrating this year's National Girls and Women in Sports Day with events throughout the spring. Check back at IvyLeagueSports.com to see a collection of the celebrations from around the League.