On Saturday, Jan. 29, the William Smith College Athletics Department will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). The Heron Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is coordinating a wide-range of activities in conjunction with the swimming and diving tri-meet with Cazenovia and Wells and the basketball game against Clarkson.
William Smith Athletics has partnered with the Girl Scouts and the theme surrounding the event is body image. SAAC members will engage girls in a discussion on the importance of embracing a healthy body image and lifestyle.
“We’re very excited to host National Girls and Women in Sports Day,” said Sophie Dennis, assistant field hockey coach and coordinator of student-athlete wellness. “Our student-athletes have organized some wonderful events during the swimming and diving meet and basketball game. It’s our hope that this day serves as motivation for girls and young women to embrace an active lifestyle and healthy body image.”
The swim meet begins at 1 p.m. in Bristol Pool with the basketball game tipping off at 2 p.m. in Bristol Gym. Admission to both contests is free. Girls will also be given a coupon for one free bag of popcorn. Prior to both events, William Smith student-athletes will be on hand to greet girls and offer free face painting.
During halftime of the basketball game, girls will be invited to participate in relay races on the court.
Following both contests, members of the Heron swimming and diving team and basketball team will be available for autograph sessions.
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.