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Jan 31, 2015 2:14 PM

UNH athletic department to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day


DURHAM - The University of New Hampshire athletic department is celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

The event is scheduled during UNH's girls basketball game against Stony Brook University on Sunday at 1 p.m.

"The event is to develop and deliver equitable and quality sport oppurtunities for all girls and women through relevent research, advocacy, leadership development, educational strategies and programming in a matter that promotes social justice and change," according to a press release from UNH.

NGWSD dates back to 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her work toward equality for women in sports. Hyman died in 1986 from Marfan's Syndrome, a disorder that affects the connective tissues. She was competing in a vollyball tournament in Japan at the time. Since then, NGWSD has been adapted by all 50 states. It recognizes the past and current sports achievements.

This also will be UNH women basketball's first You Can Play game, which is a program developed to create inclusion and eradicate homophobia in sports.


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