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BIG EAST Celebrates National Girls & Women in Sports Day

The BIG EAST Conference continued its ongoing support of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. On February 2, 2011, thousands of sports educators, coaches, athletic directors, recreation directors, association members, sponsors, students, and parents across the country showed their support of the Day and of this year's theme, "Play, Believe, Achieve."

Each year, various BIG EAST schools honor a prominent individual in their athletic community in conjunction with a home basketball event.

The Conference will highlight each school's participation in the event as they take place throughout the month of February. Check back here for updates or follow @BigEastConf on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook at, where we will provide periodic updates as the schools announce their honorees.

National Girls & Women In Sports Day (NGWSD) is a special day for girls and women to celebrate their participation in sports and athletics. When Title IX was enacted in 1971, 1 in 27 girls in high school participated in athletics. One in three girls participate in athletics in high school now! Women participated in only 13 of the 24 events of the 1984 Olympic Games; in Beijing in 2008, female athletes competed in 28 of the 32 Olympic events. There has been an explosion in the number of athletic opportunities open to women and girls of all ages and levels of ability.

"Play, Believe, Achieve" is the theme for the 2011 National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). NGWSD presents a prime opportunity to communicate to others what Title IX has accomplished and how many girls and women it truly helps.