Mount Union Participates in National Girls and Women in Sports Day

April 09, 2008

girlsinsports2Mount Union College, in conjunction with Girl Scouts of America, the YWCA and the Alliance Department of Parks and Recreation hosted the National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Sunday, April 6 in the College’s Timken Physical Education Building.

The National Girls and Women in Sports Day was established by a congressional resolution in 1986 to celebrate the achievements of girls and women in sports. The event is a collaborative effort that allows representatives of women’s sports to educate young women about the benefits of athletics and to encourage girls and women to participate in sports.

This was the largest year the College has hosted, having 116 elementary and middle school aged girls and over 30 Mount Union volunteers from women’s soccer and basketball, exercise science club and M3C, a student service organization on campus.  The event consisted of seven sport stations – volleyball, athletic training, foot skills, tennis, cheerleading, stretching and archery.

During the day, the girls took a break to listen to Cenell Munford-Clark, assistant athletic trainer and assistant professor of human performance and sport management, talk about how athletics has shaped her life and how important it is to be involved in sports.

“National Women and Girls in Sports Day is a fantastic event to celebrate women’s achievements in athletics,” said Amanda Espenschied-Reilly, director of service-learning and community service.  “Women’s sports are so often overshadowed by men’s sports, so it was great to have a day with women and girls filling the gym and fieldhouse.  We hope that this event helps to empower these girls to take part in athletics or to just get active!”

For more information about National Girls and Women in Sports Day, contact the Office of Service-Learning and Community Service at (330) 829-8168.

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