Nevada to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day


Feb. 3, 2017

RENO, Nev. - Wolf Pack Athletics and Girls on the Run-Sierras will join forces to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Lawlor Events Center on the campus of the University of Nevada.

The celebration, which is sponsored by Scheels and ESPN Radio, will include a “Shatter the Limits” VIP reception, a Family & Kids Fair and Nevada’s women’s basketball game vs. in-state rival UNLV.

This year marks the first year that Nevada Athletics, which sponsors 10 women’s sports that benefit over 240 female student-athletes, will team up with Girls on the Run-Sierras to celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day. Celebrating the power and potential of girls and women in sports, this event is aimed at empowering women and girls to get moving, embrace physical activity and find their limitless potential.

“We are thrilled to partner with Girls on the Run-Sierras to recognize the extraordinary benefits girls and women receive from participating in sports,” said Rhonda Bennett, Nevada’s Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator. “Studies have shown that over half of female C-Suite level executives played a sport at the college or university level and that playing sports helps foster leadership skills, academic and economic success, health and self-esteem in girls and women. We could not be more excited to have an opportunity to celebrate this important day with a great community partner.”

“The benefits of being active and participating in organized sports are multi-faceted and go beyond just physical health. Girls are dropping out of sports at twice the rate of boys once they hit adolescence, something we see here locally where only one in six adolescent girls is getting the recommended daily amounts of physical activity,” said Julie Mathews, Interim Executive Director of Girls on the Run-Sierras. “Partnering with Wolf Pack Athletics on this important event provides a platform to inspire and encourage girls and women of all backgrounds to get moving, embrace physical activity and push past their limits in sports and in life.”

The VIP reception will celebrate the accomplishments of three generations of local female athletes who have shattered barriers in achieving their limitless potential. This event will include a sports-themed silent auction and includes entry to the women's basketball game with UNLV. Appetizers and beer/wine will be served. The reception will start at 2 p.m. and will be held in the new Basin Street Stadium Club venue overlooking Mackay Stadium. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by visiting http://www.girlsontherunsierras.org/NGWSD.

The Family & Kids Fair will feature interactive booths and activities centered around the theme of health, fitness and sports. Tickets will provide entry to the Family & Kids Fair as well as the women’s basketball game. Doors will open at 2 p.m., and the fair will remain open through halftime of the women’s basketball game. Adult tickets are $8 and youth tickets (under 12) are $5. Wolf Pack fans with season or single-game tickets will also provide entry to the Family & Kids Fair.

The women’s basketball game vs. UNLV is part of the Governor’s Series competition and will tip off at 4 p.m. Game tickets can be purchased by visiting www.NevadaWolfPack.com, www.girlsontherunsierras.org or in person at the box office at Lawlor Events Center.

Girls on the Run-Sierras is a physical activity-based positive youth development organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident. The program encourages girls to recognize their inner strength through life lessons while physically training for a 5K running event. Over the course of the 10-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. Since its inception in 2007, Girls on the Run-Sierras has inspired more than 2,000 girls in the Reno-Tahoe community to get active and boldly pursue their dreams.

In its 31st year, National Girls and Women in Sports Day acknowledges the accomplishments of female athletes, the positive influence of sports participation and the continuing struggle for equality for women in sports. It is celebrated annually in all 50 states with events, awards ceremonies and other activities.

For more information on the event, contact Senior Associate Athletics Director Rhonda Bennett at 775-682-6981 or rlundin@unr.edu.

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