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    Illinois athletics to honor girls and women in sports

    Jan. 26, 2003

    The University of Illinois will join others from across the United States in recognizing the importance of women in athletics as part of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The event is celebrated nationally on Feb. 5. The University of Illinois will do so, as has been the case in past years, in conjunction with a home women's basketball game, this year on Feb. 6.

    The theme this year is "Succeed in Sports, Lead in Life." The event kicks off with a luncheon and program for selected area youth from Champaign, Decatur, Farmer City, Mahomet, and Urbana from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building on campus. The event will feature motivational and inspirational messages from University of Illinois administrators, coaches, student-athletes and staff members.

    That evening the Illini meet nationally-ranked Penn State at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, as has become tradition, area girl scouts from the Green Meadow Girl Scouts Council will be delivering Champaign's first box of girl scout cookies to Illinois Head Coach Theresa Grentz. At halftime, female athletes from all 10 Illinois sports - basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball - will be recognized.

    The event culminates with the presentation of special awards to area women as "Outstanding Female Role Models."

    NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports. NGWSD is sponsored jointly by organizations of the National Girls and Women in Sports Coalition: Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Incorporated, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, the Women's Sports Foundation, and the YWCA of the U.S.A.


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