Liberty to Celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day

January 31, 2003 – The New York Liberty continues its commitment and support of National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) by holding the 2nd annual NGWSD basketball clinic, taking place on Thursday, February 6, at the Fieldhouse at Chelsea Piers beginnning at 4:00 p.m.

The New York Liberty will partner with Chelsea Piers and Corporate Edge to conduct a private fundamental basketball clinic for approximately 200 girls from the New York City Metropolitan area, including members from the YMCA of Greater New York, Cheering for Children Foundation Liberty Club members and the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Jersey.

The instructors will discuss a brief history of women’s sports while recognizing those who have helped the advancement of female sports participation. Additionally, the participants will learn basic basketball skills such as ball handling, dribbling, passing and rebounding along with the importance of teamwork, hardwork and good sportsmanship.

NGWSD was initially organized in remembrance of Olympic volleyball champion, Flo Hyman, who committed her career towards equality in sports. Hyman passed away suddenly while playing in Japan in 1986 from Marfan Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that led to a faulty aorta.

The Liberty clinic will be in celebration of the 17th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day commemoration on Wednesday, February 5, where girls and women across the country will honor the history of women’s sports.

The New York Liberty basketball team, in its seventh year of operation with the 2003 season, is part of the Madison Square Garden, L.P. Cablevision Systems Corporation owns a controlling interest in the MSG L.P., which also include the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the Hartford Wolfpack (American Hockey League), the MSG Network, Fox Sports New York and the Madison Square Garden arena complex, located in the heart of the New York metropolitan area.