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LWC Athletics celebrates National Girls & Women in Sports Day

By Kyle Jackson

The Lindsey Wilson College Athletic Department and all the Blue Raiders sports programs are excited to support the 36th year of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), to take place this year on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. The Blue Raiders fully support women's sports, and the multiple roles women play in running an athletic department.

"I've been honoring National Girls and Women in Sports Day since my sophomore year of college. It continues to be an important day in my life because it celebrates the evolution of women's competitive athletics in the United States," Alicia Kemnitz LWC Senior Women's Leader and Head Swim Coach said. "This day brings the past and present together, paying homage to all the female athletes who have come before us---those who struggled and fought for recognition and respect.

"Female athletes of my generation and those who I coach today stand on the shoulders of women who refused to back down--of women who played because of their passion and love for sports and this fight for equality and respect continues," Kemnitz added. "I am proud to be part of an athletic department that is taking the time to acknowledge the importance of National Girls & Women in Sports Day. I am proud of all of our female athletes who work hard in their chosen sports and prove, day in and day out, that women belong in the athletic arena."

For more than three decades, National Girls and Women in Sports Day has empowered women and girls to play and be active to realize their full power. The confidence, strength, and character gained through sports participation and physical activity are the very tools girls need to become strong leaders in sports and life.

"As a coach and athlete for most of my life, sports have empowered me to excel in my profession as a teacher, a coach, and a mom. Having two daughters of my own, competing in sports has molded them into the women they are today," Vanessa Adkins LWC Cheerleading Coach said. "Learning values of responsibility, respect, integrity, and self-discipline have helped their dreams and ambitions become a reality.

"Sports have shown us how to celebrate success and how to overcome failure," Adkins added. "Being part of a team has taught us many life lessons as well as developing relationships that last a lifetime. So thankful for the opportunity sports have given me as I can make an impact on my daughters and other females around me."

NGWSD is organized by the Women's Sports Foundation (WSF) and the WSF applauds the vital role played by the individuals and organizations championing girls and women in sports: advocates seeking to protect Title IX and advance gender equity, athletes using their powerful platform to inspire greatness, and coaches working daily to unlock girls' limitless capabilities.

NGWSD began in 1987 as a special day in our nation's capital to recognize women's sports. The day united premiere organizations and elite female athletes to bring national attention to the promise of girls and women in sports.

This story was posted on 2022-02-02 10:50:24
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