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Monday, February 5, 2007 

Skill clinics, guest speakers and home swimming planned for 21st annual event


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Eastern Connecticut State University will celebrate the 21st Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) Wednesday, Feb. 7 with a variety of activities in the Sports Center.


NGWSD is being celebrated this week in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports. It is a special day for girls and women to celebrate their participation in sports and athletics, made possible most directly by Title IX legislation which was enacted in 1972. “Throw like a girl – Lead like a champion” is the theme this year.

Eastern will celebrate the day in the Sports Center Wednesday between 7 and 9:30 p.m., the events co-sponsored by the Eastern Women’s Center and by the Student Athletic Adivisory Committee (SAAC).

Listed below are the scheduled events which are free of charge to girls between the ages of 12 and 18, with the first 50 youngsters receiving T-Shirts.


  • The Eastern women’s swimming team will host Western New England College at 7 p.m. in its final home meet of the season.
  • Sports clinics featuring soccer, volleyball, field hockey, basketball lacrosse, softball and track & field. Eastern coaches and players will serve as clinicians.
  • Meet members of the ProFastpitch X-treme (PFX) Tour, among them former Eastern standout Shari D’Amico. In addition to her involvement in the tour, D’Amico is a spokesperson for Mattingly Hitting Products, Inc.
  • Meet members of the Connecticut Cyclones of the Women’s Professional Football League’s (WPFL), the longest operating women’s professional sports league in the United State.  The Cyclones are based in Norwalk and are the only New England entry in the full contact league, which includes 15 teams located nationwide. Lauren Davern, a former Eastern lacrosse player and coach, was named to the WPFL All-Pro team last year.

More information can be obtained by contacting Kelsy Burke at 860-465-4314 or Janice Patry at 860-465-5179.

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