The Oglethorpe athletic department and the Oglethorpe Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) celebrated National Girls and Women in Sports Day Sunday at the Schmidt Recreation Center on Oglethorpe's campus. Inclement weather moved the event inside from its originally scheduled location at the Oglethorpe Track and Field, but it didn't dampen the mood of any of the participants.
In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, which was celebrated nationwide throughout NCAA athletics, members of the Oglethorpe SAAC put on a sports clinic for individual kids, where basic skills required to participate in basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball, track and field, and cross country were demonstrated by the SAAC members.
Children and families from the local Brookhaven and DeKalb County communities took part in the event, which included free admission to the days SAA basketball doubleheader against Millsaps.
"National Girls and Women in Sports Day was super fun and we had a great turnout of families bringing their kids to learn about different sports from our women's teams," said Katie Hanley, Oglethorpe SAAC representative and member of the women's golf team. "It was really awesome to see our female athletes interacting with the kids. I think days like these are really important because it shows kids, especially girls, that there is a place for them in the athletic world even if they don't always see female athletes on primetime television. Days like National Girls and Women in Sports Day also serve to remind the athletes of how much they love their sports and that there are younger people watching them in admiration."