National Girls and Women in Sports Day is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities to honor the achievements and encourage participation of girls and women in sports. The Day was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to honor female athletic achievement and recognize the importance of sports and fitness participation for all girls and women. 

The first national celebration was in held 1987 where Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman was honored posthumously for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equity for women’s sports. Hyman tragically 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 while recognizing current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports. 

2017 Event Chairs

Steph Schleuder

Kelly Anderson Diercks

If you would like to nominate someone to receive one of event awards please fill out the online nomination form or forward their name and contributions to Steph Schleuder (

The deadline for nominations for Special Merit, Media, Wilma Rudolph and Marie Berg Award is October 1st while the deadline for nominations for Breaking Barrier awards are December 1st.
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