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National Girls & Women in Sports Day and the 50th Anniversary of Title IX

Join us on February 6 as we celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day and the 50th Anniversary of Title IX. The passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 changed the landscape of women’s athletics, opening up expansive opportunities for women and girls to participate in sports.

Panel Discussion with UVA Leaders
Sunday, February 6
1 pm

Carla Williams, Athletic Director
Jane Miller, long-time administrator (retired)
Meredith Smith, Title IX Coordinator
Shannon Wells, Volleyball Head Coach

Abby Palko, Women's Center Director, moderator

Register here for access to this Zoom session.

The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center and the UVA Department of Athletics are proud to collaborate each year to host the University’s celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The #NGWSD tradition, led by the Women’s Sports Foundation each year, inspires girls and women to play, to be active, and to realize their full power through the confidence, strength and character gained through sports participation.

This year's celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day at UVA also includes an award presentation honoring Sharlene Brightly (CLAS 1976) during halftime of the UVA Women's Basketball game against Clemson at 4:00 p.m. Brightly, a member of the UVA's first Varsity Women's Basketball Team, was the first Black woman to represent the University in intercollegiate competition. Last fall, the ACC honored Brightly and George King III with its inaugural UNITE awards, created to honor individuals affiliated with the conference who have made an impact in the areas of racial and social justice.

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