January 29, 2013

SAAC to Host National Girls and Women in Sports Day

The Oglethorpe Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is hosting an event Friday afternoon to celebrate the 27th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

The event will take place in the Schmidt Center on Friday, beginning at 4:30 p.m. and running until the start of the women's basketball home game against Centre in Dorough Field House at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend!

It will be a sports fair, of sorts. There will be clinics and contests with the opportunity to test skills, get instruction and try out the various sports, as well as, meet members of all of Oglethorpe's women’s sports teams: basketball, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, golf, tennis, cross-country, and track and field.

Following the sports fair, attendees are encouraged to walk over to Dorough Field House and cheer on the Oglethorpe women's and men's basketball teams as they take on conference-rival Centre. The women's game will tip-off at 6 p.m., while the men's game gets underway at approximately 8 p.m.

Below are some fun facts relating to women in sports:

Eighty-two percent of businesswomen played high school and college sports,  including PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi (cricket); former President of Gatorade Sue Wellington (Yale swim team captain); and Sallie Krawcheck, president of Bank of America’s global wealth and investment-management unit (track). Some other famous women who participated in interscholastic and/or intercollegiate athletics: Katie Couric - gymnast, runner and cheerleader; Sally Ride (first American woman in space) - nationally ranked high school tennis player; Condoleezza Rice (66th U.S. Secretary of State) - competitive figure skater; Ellen DeGeneres - tennis. 

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