We have been working for 44 years, since our inception in San Francisco in 1974, when the landscape in girls’ and women’s sports looked entirely different than it does today. In that time, we have galvanized valuable and historic advances for girls and women in sports, and with that comes a broad web of programs…
Where has the time gone? Thinking about celebrating 31 years of National Girls & Women in Sports Day brings back so many memories. Over the years we’ve brought athletes and organization representatives into the Oval Office to meet with the President and sometimes First Lady. Some years we would organize sporting events, such as walks or games. I take great pride in continuing this special day and look forward to many years to come encouraging girls and women in sports.
It is because of the health, education and leadership benefits of sports that the WSF lead a coalition of organizations to celebrate the first National Girls & Women in Sports Day in 1987. The day was established to honor and recognize women’s sports and the promise sports hold for girls and women everywhere.
This year marked the 30th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, so we decided to speak with one of sports all-time greats, Jackie Joyner Kersee, about her NGWSD memories. At just 25, Jackie attended the very first NGWSD in 1987 and has been present at many since.
This year marks the 30th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day. Lyn St. James, a seven-time Indianapolis 500 driver and former WSF President, shares the memories she holds dear from the very first NGWSD and why she feels it is an important day for our nation to celebrate.
Grete Eliassen is one of the best free skiers in the world. A six-time X Games medalist, she is tied with Sarah Burke and Ophelie David for the most among female skiers. The 25-year-old Salt Lake City resident, also a member of the WSF Athlete Advisory Panel member, will be joining us next week to lobby on Capitol Hill in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. We caught up with Grete at our Annual Salute to Women in Sports in October to learn more about her life off the slopes.