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. 

The Minnesota event is run by the Minnesota Coalition for Women in Athletic Leadership. This group is entirely made up of volunteers who support the mission and vision of NGWSD and Women's Sports Foundation. 

If you have questions about our event or are interested in becoming involved, please contact our event chairs listed below. 

2019 Event Chairs

Christine Nickels 

Jen Flowers

If you would like to nominate someone to receive one of event awards please fill out the online nomination form.

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