Published February 3, 2014
UB will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) this month with several activities designed to educate the campus and broader community about the importance of female participation in sports and the impact that Title IX has had on female athletic opportunities across the country.
With the theme of “Passing the torch, blazing the trail,” UB’s celebration — its 24th annual observance of NGWSD — will feature a Women in Sports symposium on Feb. 12 and a multi-sports clinic for girls in grades 4-8 on Feb. 22.
As part of NGWSD, UB female student-athletes also will visit local elementary schools to talk about Title IX.
The symposium, geared toward coaches of all levels, administrators and graduate students interested in a career in athletics, will begin at 3 p.m. in the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.
Keynote speaker will be Sue Enquist, who spent 27 years as head softball coach at UCLA. Enquist’s teams won 11 national championships — the most for any one coach in the history of softball. Her UCLA record of 887-175-1 (.835) boasts the highest winning percentage among Division I coaches.
Workshops topics include “Strategies for Success: Establishing Yourself in a Predominantly Male Industry” and “Motivating Females, Teaching Empowerment and Keeping Girls Interested in Sports.”
Strategies for Success: Establishing Yourself in a Predominantly Male Industry
The cost of the event is $40, which includes attendance at the keynote speech and workshops, a networking reception and dinner, and a ticket to the Feb. 22 UB women’s basketball game versus Bowling Green in Alumni Arena.
To register, visit the NGWSD website.
The multi-sport clinic, to be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 22, will feature a variety of sports stations representing varsity and clubs sports offered at UB. The cost of the event is $10, which includes the clinic, pizza party and a ticket to the 2 p.m. basketball game. Additional game tickets are $5 each.
To register for the clinic — space is limited to 200 participants —visit the NGWSD website.