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K-8 girls to interact with female athletes from 10 teams

Friday, January 16, 2015

Pass a volleyball, test your tennis swing, throw a softball and participate in other activities with Mercyhurst athletes at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center on Saturday, Feb. 7, during the university’s 4th annual Girls and Women in Sports Day observance. Erie County girls, K-8, are welcome to attend and interact with collegiate athletes from more than 10 women’s teams.

Then, cheer on the Mercyhurst women’s basketball team as it takes on Edinboro University. Free giveaways, halftime events and pizza rounds out the day. The activities begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by the game at 1 p.m.

“Our athletes share their sport with young girls and generate interest about what it might be like to compete at the collegiate level,” said service learning coordinator Bethany Brun, who is organizing the event. “Personally, I became interested in rowing after attending a Girls and Women in Sports Day at my hometown university, which resulted in attending Mercyhurst on scholarship for that sport seven years later. My hope is that this event will have the same end result for one or more of the girls who attend. MU athletes recognize that they compete for more than just themselves – they compete for the girls who will come after them.”

Mercyhurst’s event is one of more than 1,000 events taking place across the country for National Girls and Women in Sports Day, which is Feb. 5. Congress proclaimed the national observance in 1987 in recognition of the progress of girls and women in sports and the benefits that sports and fitness activities can bring to their lives. The day is organized nationally by the Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Incorporated, National Association for Girls and Women in Sports, the National Women's Law Center and the Women's Sports Foundation ®.

Tickets for Mercyhurst’s event are free for girls K-8.  Game admission for adults is $5 and $3 for senior citizens. For more information, please call 814-824-2343. To register, parents should visit www.hurstathletics.com and under “Alumni and Fans” click on the “Special Events” to sign up your daughter.

File Photo from 2014 Girls & Women in Sports Day