Third Annual Play Like a Girl Summit honors legacy of National Girls & Women in Sports Day

The Play Like a Girl Summit, taking place at Belmont University in Nashville on February 16 & 17, is part of National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), a nationwide celebration of the extraordinary achievements in girls’ and women’s sports. Again this year, Play Like a Girl will live stream the Summit at

Established in 1987 as a special day in our nation’s capital to recognize women’s sports, NGWSD has evolved into a nationwide celebration of the extraordinary achievements in girls’ and women’s sports. The day is now celebrated annually across all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies and other celebratory activities.

In 2015, Play Like a Girl held its first summit to acknowledge the accomplishments of local athletes, educate girls about the positive influence of sport participation and highlight the continuing struggle for equality for women in sports. The 2018 Play Like a Girl Summit will provide girls and young women with the experience of meeting and hearing the stories of accomplished women athletes like pro softball outfielder AJ Andrews and WNBA legend Chamique Holdsclaw who this week was named to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.  

“During this 32nd annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, we are honored to work with Play Like a Girl and many other national and community organizations to promote the achievement of girls and women in sports,” said Women’s Sports Foundation CEO Deborah Antoine. “This year’s celebration recognizes the extraordinary progress sparked by Title IX and the ongoing effort to ensure safe and equitable access to sport for all.”

Led by a four-member coalition of organizations as well as champion women athletes who contribute to annual activities, the NGWSD leadership works tirelessly to provide Title IX resources and raise awareness about the important rights it protects. Educating the public about the power of this legislation is critical to its enforcement and ensuring that everyone in the community has the same chance to benefit from playing sports.

For more than three decades, NGWSD has empowered women and girls to get moving, embrace physical activity and push past their limits. The courage, confidence and character gained through sports participation are the very tools girls need to become the strong leaders of tomorrow. Check out the Summit line-up here, then join us live on Facebook this weekend.

Follow the Play Like a Girl Summit on social media via #IPLAYLIKEAGIRL and join the live stream on Saturday, February 17 at 10 a.m. EST (9 a.m. CST) at