<span style="font-weight: normal">[http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/080506071501_aa240_sclzzzzzzz__1.jpg] Today is National Girls and Women in Sports Day! Join </span>thousands of sports educators, coaches, athletic directors, recreation directors, association members, sponsors, students, and parents across the country in showing your support of the Day and of this year's theme, "<span style="font-weight: normal">Throw like a girl ��� Lead like a champion!</span>" NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports. Whether you are a new participant or a veteran, your support of the Day will go a long way to increase visibility for female athletes and advance their struggle for equality in sports.
NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. Hyman died of Marfan's Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.
NGWSD is jointly organized by the National Girls and Women in Sport Coalition. The Coalition combines the experience and resources of the six premiere girls- and women-serving organizations in the United States: Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Incorporated, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, National Women's Law Center, the Women's Sports Foundation, and the YWCA USA.
Collectively, these organizations have been in existence for over 427 years and have a membership reach of 5.5 million girls and women.