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National Girls and Women in Sports Day

National Girls and Women in Sports 2018

About National Girls and Women in Sports Day

This national initiative brings widespread attention each year to the achievements of female athletes and to the leadership and inspiration that girls and women in sport offer for us all. At UVA, the day is co-sponsored by the University of Virginia Athletics Department and the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center and honorees’ contributions are celebrated in the context of a UVA women’s basketball game at John Paul Jones Arena. On that day each year, JPJ is also home to a pregame sports festival for kids where children of all ages enjoy the guidance and camaraderie of current UVA student-athletes while participating in tossing, catching, shooting and kicking activities.

The Selection Process

We celebrate the honorees of National Girls and Women in Sports Day that are chosen by the UVA Athletics Department. The award is presented in the winter each year.


2020 National Girls and Women in Sports Day Honoree

Jennifer Langton 

We recognized Jennifer Langton for National Girls & Women in Sports Day in 2020. Langton serves as Vice President of Health and Safety Initiatives for the National Football League. She manages the NFL's medical investment portfolio which supports engineering advancements and independent medical research aimed to improve the health and safety of NFL players. Langton previously served as NFL's Vice President of Business Ventures and Finance where she was responsible for strategic planning and financial management of league business units. At Virginia, Langton was a four-year member of the women's lacrosse team (1994-97). In her senior season, she was presented with the Betty and Money Yates Award in recognition of service and dedication to the women's lacrosse program.