The William Smith College Athletics Department will welcome girls and women from across the Finger Lakes to Bristol Gym in honor of the 20th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
The Herons will celebrate with halftime activities and postgame autograph sessions during basketball games against the Union College Dutchwomen on Friday, Feb. 3 and the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds on Saturday, Feb. 4.
The theme of this year’s NGWSD is “Count Me In.” Friday's game begins at 6 p.m.; Saturday's, at 2 p.m. Admission to both games is free.
“It’s a natural fit for the William Smith College Athletics Department to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day due to our commitment to the development of women in sport,” said William Smith AD Steward. “This will be a great opportunity for area girls and women to interact with Heron student-athletes and to celebrate their own sport and fitness participation.”
This annual day celebrates the positive influence of sports participation and recognizes the challenge for equality and access for women in sports. When Title IX was enacted in 1972, one in 27 girls in high school participated in athletics. Now, one in three high school girls participates in athletics.
William Smith College is unparalleled in its relationship with girls and women in athletics. Founded in 1908, it is the only collegiate institution for women in the nation that shares a campus with a coordinate school for men, Hobart College. William Smith student-athletes are empowered through their own identity, owning their own athletic department and coaching staff, their own nickname and their own colors.
The William Smith Herons have long been at the forefront of collegiate athletics, winning six national championships, finishing second 12 times, and reaching the national semifinals 30 times in 11 varsity sports. With nearly 200 All-Americans to its credit, William Smith is widely recognized as one of the top athletics programs for women in the nation.