RICHMOND, Va. – The late morning hours on a Sunday in the Stuart C. Siegel Center are normally pretty quiet, but that wasn’t the case Sunday, February 13th.

Dozens of local girls filled the Siegel Center, and they were joined by some of their favorite Black & Gold female student-athletes as the Rams hosted the first-ever National Girls and Women in Sports Day at VCU.

Members of all seven female sports teams at VCU helped promote and educate the girls about participating in athletics while following a healthy lifestyle.

“It was really exciting to interact with young girls who are interested in learning about different sports. I also think that teaching them about nutrition will be beneficial in helping the girls make smart and healthy choices at an early age,” said Chelsea Hill, a sophomore with the Field Hockey team.

The girls enjoyed learning at five different stations, which covered soccer, field hockey, basketball, volleyball and nutrition. Each of these stations was run by VCU student-athletes.

After hours of fun and games, participants were treated to the historic VCU Women’s Basketball game against Hofstra. The game that saw junior forward, Courtney Hurt, break the single season school record for double-doubles in the Rams’ 85-76 victory over the Pride.

The cherry on top may have been the autograph session with the entire women’s basketball team after the Black & Gold’s victory.

National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) began in 1987 as a single event in Washington, D.C. to honor Olympic volleyball star Flo Hyman.  Since then the day has grown into a nationwide celebration across all 50 states. 

The day can always be attributed back to the work Hyman did as an athlete and for her work to assure equality for women's sports. 

Hyman died of Marfan's Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan.  Since then, NGWSD has become a day to acknowledge the past accomplishments of female athletes and recognize current achievements of women in sports.

The VCU Athletic Department would like to specifically thank Women’s Director of Basketball Operations, Carolyn Riley and Life Skills and Community Services Coordinator, Cassie Pasquariello for their great work in organizing this event.