AUGUSTA — Led by Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, a joint resolution recognizing Feb. 6, 2019, as National Girls & Women in Sports Day has been approved by the Maine State Legislature. The resolution was presented to the Legislature on Tuesday, Feb. 12, receiving broad support. Representatives from the Maine Sports Commission, University of Maine Athletic Department, Bowdoin College, Bates College, Maine Mariners, and Maine Red Claws were in attendance.
The resolution recognizes the positive impact that sports participation has on female athletes, while also shedding light on the continuing struggle to provide equal access to sports programs for girls and women throughout the United States.
“My experience as a student athlete taught me the benefits of regular physical fitness and self-discipline, how to communicate and work effectively with others from different backgrounds, and how to be a leader,” said Senator Breen. “These lessons have served me well and have been a critical part of my success in life. All young people, regardless of gender, deserve the same opportunity to see what they are made of by pushing their limits, working as part of a team and competing against others. I can’t imagine my life without having had this experience, and I am glad the Legislature is formally recognizing its importance.”
Events celebrating National Girls & Women in Sports Day have been happening across the state this month, initially kicking off when the Maine Red Claws hosted a panel discussion with prominent female athletes and leaders in the sports industry on February 1st. To further celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day, the University of Maine will host a sports fair prior to the UMaine women’s basketball game at the Augusta Civic Center on February 24. Tickets for this event can be purchased at https://goblackbears.com/.
Info: National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) was established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1986 to celebrate the achievements of girls and women in sports. It is celebrated annually in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies and other activities. NGWSD salutes the coaches, athletes, athletic directors, lawmakers and parents who are committed to expanding the opportunity for all girls and women.
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