LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College volleyball helped to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day by hosting several local students for "A Day in the Life of the Mocs", where the group spent time with Moccasin student-athletes at class, convocation, lunch, and an afternoon volleyball clinic.
February 7, 2018, marks the 32nd Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). The 2018 theme is "Play Fair, Play IX." NGWSD is a time 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.
Play Fair, Play IX. In just 37 words, Title IX ensures that students receive educational opportunities free from discrimination based on sex. It's a short and simple law, but it has truly changed the game for girls and women in sports. Although Title IX has expanded opportunities for female athletes, many schools across the country still don't provide equal opportunities for girls to participate in sports.
The NGWSD Coalition knows that educating the public about the power of this legislation is critical to its enforcement, so we encourage you to learn more about our work and the Title IX resources we provide. The more you understand Title IX and the rights it protects, the better you'll be able to ensure that everyone in your 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.
Promote girls playing sports in your community, too! We hope you will honor NGWSD in your community and Play Fair, Play IX! Check out the NGWSD Event Action Kit to find out how to get your own celebration started.