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.

Expanding Opportunities for Girls in Sports

February 1, 2017 marks the 31 st Annual NGWSD. NGWSD is a day to celebrate the extraordinary achievements in girls’ and women’s sports, and the positive influence athletic participation brings to their lives. NGWSD recognizes the ongoing effort towards equality and access for women in sports and the nation’s commitment to expand sport and participation opportunities for all girls and future generations.

This year’s theme is Expanding Opportunity. Despite the extraordinary progress sparked by Title IX, 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. We’re working together through NGWSD to get these three-in-five girls in the game and expand their opportunities both in sports and in life.

When you celebrate NGWSD with us this week, you expand opportunity and give more girls the chance to reap the many benefits of sports participation. Join us in expanding opportunity!

Confidence, Leadership & Playing Like a Girl

Play Like a Girl will host an Empowerment Forum on Confidence, Leadership and Playing Like a Girl on National Girls and Women in Sports Day, February 1, 2017, at 9:00AM. Awards will be presented to three outstanding local women athletes and organizations expanding opportunity for girls in sports at the forum, which will take place at First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, in Nashville. 

The Empowerment Forum is one of more than 1,000 events taking place across the country for NGWSD. Over 150 people are expected to attend the forum which will also be livestreamed on Facebook.com/TheUnitedStateofWomen.

Mary O’Connor, President/CEO of the WNBA’s newest team Dallas Wings, will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Olympic Gold Medalist Michelle Carter, Olympic Swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce (a member of Play Like a Girl’s National Board of Directors) and Kennetra Searcy, track and field athlete and wife of Tennessee Titans safety Da’Norris Searcy to name a few. The event will close with an armchair conversation with Taylor Barnes, Director of The United State of Women, and Professional Softball Player Monica Abbott who signed the first million-dollar contract in the history of the National Pro Fastpitch League as part of the Houston-area Scrap Yard Dawgs expansion team in May 2016.

Tickets for the Empowerment Forum are FREE online at http://bitly.com/PlayLikeAGirlForum. For more information on this event, please call 615-601-1864.