Mystics Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day

The Washington Mystics recognize the 25th anniversary of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (Feb. 2) with a week-long celebration.

Monique Currie on the Importance of Sports

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Mystics' Community Outreach to Local Young Women

Saturday, February 5, 2011

"For years now we have been working with the Washington Mystics and they have always been so generous with their time and their commitment to our girls basketball team. Over the years they have been here for appearances and even have donated tickets so our team can see a real life basketball game. For some this is the first time they’ve even seen a professional basketball game in person." - Betty from Fort Dupont

"When you ask our girls what they want to be when they grow up they will say a Washington Mystics basketball player. The Mystics are the greatest role models for our young ladies. They are all college graduates, involved in the community and good role models. Our group looks forward to coming to games and cheering on the home team." - Teresa from Howard University

"We love the Mystics! They have made such a positive impact on the lives of the girls that we work with. We could not ask for better role models. We hope to continue a partnership with the Mystics for years and years to come." - Michelle from Boys and Girls Club

"Since 2007, the Mystics have provided a great source of support to C.A.P.E. League and Powerful Beyond Measure. The relationship has afforded us tickets to a game, mentoring relationships, speakers for various events, quality items for auctions and much more. The girls that are a part of our program really look up to them and the Mystics games are their favorite games to go to." - Tracey from Powerful beyond Measure

Brenda Frese's Blog on NGWSD Celebration

By Brenda Frese, Head Coach of the University of Maryland Women's Basketball Team
Friday, February 4, 2011

The other night I was able to catch a bit of President Obama’s “State of the Union” address. I’m certainly not the person to deliver a state of women’s basketball or athletics speech, but I do have a few thoughts to share. At every level, our sport has more resources available to it than ever before and it’s up to those of us involved to maximize the results.

These days, through technology, more of our games are viewable than ever before. We have more opportunities to market our sport. And the facilities keep getting better and better.

Here at Maryland, the Comcast Center is one of the very best places in the country any college player can play. We now have our own women’s basketball performance coach who tailors our players’ workouts and meals to meet their needs. And the University of Maryland is in the process of building a basketball performance weight room just off the main floor of the Comcast Center.

All of those are incredible improvements over what things were like when I played college basketball just 20 years ago. Read more...

Jodi Gillette's Blog on NGWSD Celebration

By Jodi Gillette, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the Department of Interior
Friday, February 4, 2011

This week, we marked a very special day, the 25th Anniversary of the National Women in Sports Awareness Day in Washington, DC. On that day we took the time to celebrate and honor all of our mothers, sisters and daughters who participated in sports. I was fortunate to play on the varsity team in college. Competing at that level has given me a keen understanding of the work, dedication, and sacrifice that goes into achieving excellence. Sports continue to play an integral role in my life. Sports keep me balanced and healthy. I play basketball up to three times each week, and I lift weights. As a mother of three, the daily demands of parenting and work can seem daunting. But I am a stronger and happier person for my family and my job when I am active on the court. For girls, participating in sports is an important part of developing strong character and self-esteem, and it is also a way to combat obesity - which has higher rates in Indian Country than for any other racial or ethnic group studied. Read more...

Jill Sorenson on the Importance of Sports

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Celebrate a Day of Triumph (NGWSD)

By Charnay Anderson
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

“Play, Believe, Achieve", is this year’s focus of the 25th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

Since 1987, the special event has become the initial moment to celebrate the participation, success and accomplishments of female athletes.

The celebration brings together women and girls from different walks of life to share their passion and journeys in the world of athletics.

“Sports have always played a huge role in my life,” Washington Mystics’ Forward, Marissa Coleman said, “It has shown me the world, introduced me to some of my best friends, and taught me life lessons.”

The first event, held in 1987 in Washington, D.C., to honor Olympic volleyball star Flo Hyman, has developed into a nationwide day of celebration.

On February 2, 2011, thousands plan to gather on Capitol Hill to honor National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) with professional athletes throughout the 50 states, including the WNBAs’ Washington Mystics and head coach, Trudi Lacey, uniting for the cause. Read more...

Mary Jo Warner Discusses NGWSD Topics

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

As part of our NGWSD celebration we checked in with the Senior Woman's Administrator, Mary Jo Warner, at George Washington University to ask her some questions about how she thinks women and sports have evolved. Mary Jo has worked with collegiate athletics for nearly 30 years. Here is what she has to say:

Changes for girls and women in sports.
The power of female athletics and the importance of girls participating in sports.
The state of female athletics moving forward.

Girls and Women in Sports Day Blog

By Trudi Lacey
Monday, January 31, 2011

What do sports mean to me? Wow, I can think back to the 4th grade and playing in my first basketball game and the feelings of confidence and accomplishment I felt at exhibiting my skills. Not to mention instant respect by my peers and acceptance. I felt a part of something bigger than myself; I was a part of a united group, a team working on a common goal. People coming together, bonding and working together-that is what sports meant to me! Read more...