Participation in National Girls and Women in Sports Day is part of the DCSAA’s commitment to gender equity in sports and increasing the awareness of Title IX issues and promoting the participation of girls and women in sports.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) began in 1987 as a special day in our nation’s capital to recognize women’s sports. The day united premiere organizations and elite female athletes to bring national attention to the promise of girls and women in sports.
In 1987, NGWSD also served as a remembrance of Olympic volleyball player, Flo Hyman, for her athletic achievements and dedication to promoting equality for women’s sports; Hyman died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986. NGWSD has since evolved into an event to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, the positive influence of sports participation and the continuing struggle for equality for women in sports.
NGWSD is celebrated annually across all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies and other celebratory activities. NGWSD is organized by the members of the National Girls & Women in Sports Day Coalition. Champion women athletes have also contributed to annual NGWSD activities.
DC National Girls and Women in Sports Day Expo:
Last year marked the first DC National Girls and Women in Sports Day Expo in partnership with the DC Department of Recreation. The Expo is one of more than 1,000 events that take place across the country for National Girls and Women in Sports Day each year. This year’s theme was Expanding Opportunity. Only 40% of high school girls are currently playing sports, leaving three-in-five girls without the opportunity to play. Decades of research show that girls who play sports have better health, higher self-esteem, greater academic achievement, stronger leadership skills, greater economic opportunity and so much more. The DCSAA and DPR are proud to work together through NGWSD to get more girls in the game and expand their opportunities both in sports and in life.
Over 100 girls, young women, and their parents attended this year’s event that showcased over 30 local vendors, organizations, and programs dedicated to sports and activity opportunities for girls and women.