From, Jan. 17, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Two-time University of Virginia women’s volleyball MVP Amy (Mitchell) Griffin will be honored on National Girls and Women in Sports Day when the Cavalier women’s basketball team hosts Clemson on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day brings national attention to the achievements of female athletes and to issues facing girls and women in sport. The event is co-sponsored by the U.Va. Athletics Department and the U.Va. Women’s Center.

The theme of this year’s event is “Celebrating Lifelong Leadership in Women’s Athletics.”

Griffin, a 1998 U.Va. graduate, was also a team captain of the Cavalier volleyball team whose leadership and commitment to U.Va. Athletics has extended well past her playing days.  Over the last decade, Griffin has been one of the University’s most generous student-athlete alumni, with major gifts to the volleyball program and also for the renovation of the track and field facility.

“We are very excited to welcome Amy Griffin back to Grounds for this special event,” U.Va. Athletics Director Craig Littlepage said.  “With her dedication to our athletics program when she was a student-athlete and her continued support as a benefactor of our current student-athletes, she is truly a role model and an exemplar of lifelong leadership. We are pleased to be able to honor Amy this year at our National Girls and Women in Sports Day.”

Griffin will be the featured guest at a pre-game reception and she will be honored on the court at halftime of the Virginia-Clemson women’s basketball game.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day will also feature a pre-game sports festival held in the men’s basketball practice court at John Paul Jones Arena. The festival will include seven sports stations for youth to visit, including basketball, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball.  The festival will take place from 12:30-1:45 p.m.  Youth completing all seven stations will receive a complimentary T-shirt. Admission to the festival is free with a game ticket.

There will also be activities for youth set up in the main lobby of the arena starting at 12:30 p.m., including a sign-making station, face painting, a balloon artist and inflatable games.

Recent honorees at U.Va.’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration include Olympic-gold-medal swimmer Lauren Perdue, as well as Paige Selenski and Michelle Vittese (members of the Cavalier field hockey team and gold-medal winners at the 2011 Pan Am games with USA Field Hockey), Natalie Randolph (former U.Va. track standout and varsity football coach at Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C.), Lindsay Shoop (former U.Va. rower and Olympic gold medalist) and Barbara Kelly (longtime U.Va. athletics administrator).

Fans may purchase game tickets through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office online at, by phone and in person. The Virginia Athletics Ticket Office is located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).

Single-game ticket prices for all games are $10 for Reserved seating; $8 for adult General Admission; and $6 for youth (18 & under), senior (60 & over) and U.Va. faculty/staff General Admission. Family Packages are available for $11 each and include a Reserved ticket and a concessions voucher valued at $8. A minimum of four tickets must be purchased to receive package pricing.

Re-printed with permission