Passing the Torch, Blazing the Trail! is the theme for the 28th Annual National Girls & Women In Sports Day (NGWSD) celebrated on Feb. 5 this year. NGWSD is a special day for girls and women to celebrate their participation in sports and athletics.
One visible way to celebrate is by wearing a shirt, jersey or other symbol of the sports you participate in or love, regardless of age. From summer T-ball to youth soccer to figure skating to ice hockey to basketball to softball to lacrosse or other sports, celebrate your participation and accomplishments of female athletes at all levels.
When Title IX was enacted in 1971, one in 27 girls in high school participated in athletics. Now, one in three girls participates in athletics and all women and girls have greater opportunities in sports and athletics.
This year AAUW-St. Lawrence County is collaborating with Section 10 Athletics through the BOCES office in Canton to sponsor a Title IX Art Poster Contest. This poster contest, for students in grades 7-12, encourages young people in the north country to express their visions of what Title IX is and how it has impacted their lives in their school community.
Thanks to the generous donations by AAUW and local colleges the contest prizes are both educational and fun. Contestants can win a grand prize of a $100 savings bond or gift certificates from the area college books stores. Entries are due on Friday.
The contest rules and entry forms have been distributed to all the public schools in Section 10. The submitted artwork will be on display for judging and enjoyment on Feb. 7 prior to the 7 p.m. Clarkson womens hockey game vs. Quinnipiac University at Cheel Arena. Parents, teachers, friends, family and sports lovers are encouraged to attend the poster presentation and the awards ceremony that evening.
One exciting and fun way to mark NGWSD is to Take A Girl to a Game. You can check out local high school sports in your community or events at local colleges. Three of the four local colleges have home games that week.
AAUW reminds us that Title IX, the 1972 law that prohibited sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding has made the difference in breaking through barriers for women and girls in education and athletics.
The Winter Olympics in Russia next month will provide another opportunity to watch how sports are achieving gender equity. The 2012 London Olympics were the first ever to have women competing in all same sports as men for 302 total medal events. The U.S. sent more women who qualified for Olympic sports than men contenders for the first time in history. Proof that Title IX has had a positive impact on opportunity.
Sports are where boys have traditionally learned about teamwork, goal setting, the pursuit of excellence in performance and other achievement-oriented behaviors — critical skills that women and men need for success in the workplace.
Membership in the St. Lawrence County Branch is open to anyone who supports the mission of AAUW. AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.
AAUW, with its nationwide network of more than 100,000 members, more than 1,000 branches conducting programs in communities across the country, and 500 college and university partners, has been empowering women and their families since 1881.
For more information about AAUW in St. Lawrence County, contact President Jennifer Ball at 268- 4208 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Public Policy Chair Kathleen Stein at 386-3812, email@example.com, or visit the branch website, http://www.northnet.org/stlawrenceaauw/index.html