National Girls and 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 participates 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 presents a prime opportunity to communicate to others what Title IX has accomplished and how many girls and women it truly helps.

On Wednesday, February 2, USSSA Pride Players Kelly Kretschman, Charlotte Morgan, Danielle Lawrie, and Francesca Enea will be attending this significant event. All four players have been participating in athletics since they were young. They have all achieved an abundance of success in the sport of softball, which has helped paved the way for aspiring young female athletes.

The event will be taking place at University High from 3:00-6:00, with Kelly Kretchman speaking about the importance of women in sports. All four players will be signing autographs while passing out tickets to selected home games

 

About USSSA Florida Pride:

The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.

About NPF:

National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.

About USSSA:

The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA News!