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DePaul Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Feb. 17



CHICAGO – DePaul University celebrates the 21st annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day during the women's basketball game against Seton Hall on Saturday, Feb. 17. The Blue Demons and Pirates play at 7 p.m. at McGrath Arena. The festivities planned include recognizing one of DePaul’s all-time greats and the current female student-athletes with a halftime ceremony.

As part of the celebration, DePaul will recognize former women’s basketball player and 2007 Hall of Fame inductee Beth Hasenmiller. Hasenmiller led the women’s basketball program to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1991 and holds the school record with 42 points in a game against Valparaiso. She finished her career with 1,600 points, 756 rebounds and a career .577 field goal percentage to rank among DePaul’s all-time greats.

Recognitions and celebrations of girls and women in sports are held annually all across the country. The U.S. Congress chartered National Girls and Women in Sports Day in 1986 to honor female athletic achievement, and recognize the importance of sports and fitness participation for all girls and women.

Thousands of sports educators, coaches, athletic directors, recreation directors, association members, sponsors, students, and parents across the country will show their support of the Day and of this year's theme, "Celebrating Title IX: 35 Years and Counting." NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports.

NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. Hyman died of Marfan's Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

NGWSD is jointly organized by the National Girls and Women in Sport Coalition. The Coalition combines the experience and resources of the seven premiere girls- and women-serving organizations in the United States: American Association of University Women, Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Incorporated, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, National Women's Law Center, the Women's Sports Foundation, and the YWCA USA.

Collectively, these organizations have been in existence for over 427 years and have a membership reach of 5.5 million girls and women.

More information on the NGWSD foundation can be found at www.womenssportsfoundation.org.

For tickets, contact the DePaul ticket office at (773) 325-SLAM.