Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day!
NGWSD was recognized by congress in 1987 to recognize women's sports, bringing awareness to the continuing advancement and struggle of equality for women in sports.
This year’s theme is expanding opportunity, recognizing the progress Title IX sparked and the continuous effort to ensure all women have access to sports.
To honor the day, let’s take a look at some of the top moments in women’s sports:
March 1991 | The Women’s Final Four is televised on CBS for the first time.
September 1993 | The NCAA now sponsors 15 women’s sports, in which 97,978 women compete on 6,173 teams across all three divisions
September 1996 | Buffalo cross country runner Bridget Niland becomes the first college athlete, male or female, to chair the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
2001 | NCAA championships are first contested in women’s ice hockey, women’s water polo and Division III women’s lacrosse.
September 2003 | Tonya Butler of the University of West Alabama becomes the first woman in NCAA football history to make a field goal.