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Idaho State University’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day scheduled Feb. 4 at Reed Gym

Posted January 30, 2012

National Girls and Women in Sports Day is scheduled from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Idaho State University Reed Gymnasium.

“In It For the Long Run” is the national theme for this year’s day and serves to acknowledge the importance of sport participation for women and girls. This is the 13th year ISU has hosted this event. As of Monday, Jan. 30, there were still registration slots open.

Idaho State University's celebration will include sport and activity clinics for girls grades K-6. Advance registration is $12 per participant on a first-come basis. There is a limit of 400 girls. This event often fills up.

The preregistration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 1. Check-in and on-site registration will take place beginning at 8 a.m. in the Reed Gym lobby. On-site registration costs $15 per girl, but registration will be capped at 400, so advanced registration is advised.

Girls will participate in three different sport/activity clinics, one every hour beginning at 8:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Girls will rotate through a different sport/activity every 45 minutes. The sport and activity menu includes options ranging from basketball, volleyball and soccer, to rock climbing, kayaking, fencing, rodeo roping and dance, to name a few. Girls will receive T-shirts.

Registration and consent/waiver forms are available at the ISU College of Education, the Graduate School, Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, Campus Recreation's Reed Gym office and online at www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2000381.

This national day has been proclaimed by Congress each year since 1987, and is honored annually the first week of February. National Girls and Women in Sports Day recognizes the progress of girls and women in sports, and the benefits that sport and fitness activities can bring to the lives of all girls and women.

Organizers anticipate more than 300 girls, grades K-6, will participate in 20 different sport and activity clinics led by women ISU intercollegiate athletes, physical education majors, fitness/wellness students and instructors, faculty, staff and community members. More than 200 ISU faculty, staff and student volunteers will pool their energy and talents to bring this event to life.

When ISU debuted this event in 1999, about 100 girls participated. Over time, the event has grown and has a much higher visibility profile. This event has been proclaimed Idaho National Girls and Women in Sports Day by the mayors of Pocatello and Chubbuck, as well as statewide by Gov. C.L. Butch Otter.

The event is sponsored by various ISU entities including the Idaho State University Physical Education Major’s Club – SHEPERD's (Students of Health Education, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), the College of Education, the Graduate School, the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, Health and Nutrition Sciences, Campus Recreation and the ISU Athletic Department. Another primary sponsor is the Girl Scouts of the Silver Sage Council.

For more information call the ISU Department of Sport Science and Physical Education at 282-4852 or contact Shelby Williams at munnshel@isu.edu or 208-282-3516.

More information is also available on the group's ISU National Girls and Women in Sports Day Facebook site, www.facebook.com/idahostateu?ref=ts#!/pages/ISU-National-Girls-and-Women-in-Sports-Day/189249457232.

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