Created in 1987, by the Womens’ Sports Foundation to remember and honor Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman, it has grown into an event to celebrate and commemorate all girls and women who participate in sports, to encourage participation, and to celebrate sports leaders.
Today, it is sponsored by the National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) coalition, a group that includes The Women’s Sports Foundation, Girl’s Incorporated, Girl Scouts of America, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, and the National Women’s Law Center.
This year’s theme is “Play, Believe, Achieve” and there are events taking place all around the country designed to show what women and girls can achieve. Check to see if there is an event near you. You can also download a free poster or order other materials honoring the day from the coalition.
The National Association for Girls and Women in Sports (NAGWS) offers 10 suggestions for helping women’s sports. They chose 10 because “if a girl does not play sports by the time she is 10 years old, there’s less than a 10 percent chance she’ll be playing when she’s 25.”