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Girls & Women in Sports Day: a game-changer

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bethany Brun

Mercyhurst University Service Learning Coordinator Bethany Brun can still remember her first Girls and Women in Sports Day as a middle-school student and the lasting impression that it made on her life. 

That’s where she became interested in the sport of rowing, which motivated her to help organize her high school’s first rowing team and led to a scholarship at Mercyhurst University, where she competed for four years. Later hired by Mercyhurst’s service learning office, Brun launched the university’s first Girls and Women in Sports Day event, which was attended by 30 girls. On Saturday, Feb. 13, Brun will oversee the fifth annual observance at Mercyhurst, which now welcomes between 150 and 200 local female athletes.

“The experience can be a real game-changer and I’m living proof,” Brun said.

This year’s observance at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center begins at 11:30 a.m., when participants can come pass a volleyball, test their tennis swing, throw a softball or join in other activities with athletes from more than 10 Mercyhurst women’s teams. The interactive events, followed by Mercyhurst’s 1 p.m. women’s basketball contest vs. University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, are free for Erie County girls, K-8. Otherwise, admission to the game is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens

The Mercyhurst observance is among more than 1,000 events taking place across the country for National Girls and Women in Sports Day, which is February 13. Congress has proclaimed this national day each year since 1987. It recognizes the progress of girls and women in sports and the benefits that sports and fitness activities can bring to the lives of all girls and women. The Day is organized nationally by the Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Incorporated, National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, the National Women's Law Center and the Women's Sports Foundation ®.

If interested in attending, visit www.hurstathletics.com and under “Alumni and Fans” click on the “Special Events” tab to sign up your daughter or team on the form provided. If you are a Girl Scout, please visit www.gswpa.org/things-to-do/ to register for the event.

For more information, please call Bethany Brun at 814-824-2343.