The National Girls and Women in Sports Day is an annual day of observance held during the first week of February. This is a moment to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, recognize the influence of sports participation for women and girls, and honor the progress and continuing struggle for equality for women in sports. On February 2nd, the Office of Health, Physical Education and Athletics honored female student-athletes, coaches, administrators and alumnae at the district’s first annual NBOE National Girls and Women in Sports Day ceremony held at University High School. Retired school administrator, coach, and Malcolm X Shabazz alumna, Vanessa Watson, was the keynote speaker in which this year's theme was “Lead Her Forward.”
This day is set aside annually to recognize the progress made by women and girls in the world of sports, as well as, to encourage more girls and young women to get active and participate in sports. NBOE ensures that girls are provided with the same opportunities and equal access as their male and suburban counterparts.
Women in sports provide strong role models for young girls, showing them that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Women athletes demonstrate to young girls everywhere that there are no limits to what they can achieve, and this knowledge is invaluable in a society where women are often underrepresented. Among the honorees were NJSIAA National Girls and Women in Sports award recipients.
To view this year’s program and list of honorees, click on the links below.