Essay Contest, Teeter-Totter Marathon Events Will Mark National Girls and Women in Sports Day
On Wednesday, February 6, the Sport Studies Department will hold events to celebrate the 27th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NWGSD), including an essay contest and a teeter-totter marathon.
The theme of this year’s NWGSD is, “Girls in Sports, An Investment in the Future,” and the day will be celebrated across the country through various events with award ceremonies and activities honoring the achievements of girls and women in sports.
According to Dr. Emily Dane-Staples, Associate Professor of Sport Studies, essay contest themes were sent to regional K-12 schools in November. This year, authors were asked to choose among the themes, “Play Today, Play Forever,” “Lessons Learned,” and “Bully Bully, Learn a New Way.” Winners from each grade category (grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12) will be selected. The primary goal is to represent an effective method for female authors to express their dreams and goals for a successful life and a better community. Winners will be announced on the Department’s NWGSD website on February 6.
The teeter-totter marathon has become an annual favorite at Fisher, and serves as a fundraiser as well as recognition of NGWSD. Student and faculty volunteer groups, including many athletes on campus, will keep the teeter-totter in motion from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Donation jars will be placed throughout campus in late January, and all of the money gets donated to the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport.
NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman. 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. The day is jointly organized by the National Girls and Women in Sports Coalition, as well as four other premier girls and women-serving organizations in the United States, that collectively have been in existence for over 432 years and have a membership reach of 5.5 million females.