Wednesday, February 5th marks the 34th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day. This day was designated in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and was originally initiated as a day to remember and celebrate the life of Flo Hyman, a world-famous Olympic volleyball player and an advocate for women’s equality in sports.


Currently, National Girls & Women in Sports Day is organized nationwide by the Women’s Sports Foundation. For over three decades, they have worked hard to empower women not only to participate in sports but to have equal opportunities in every sport. They also work hard to help young girls and women gain the confidence they need to become strong leaders on and off the court.

Kirn Middle School Girls Track Team. Pictured: Ava Watkins, Kelsi Nelson, Alison Frieze, and Ceazia Pargo

The Iowa Western Community College women’s basketball team and the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa are hosting a Girls Night to celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day on Monday, February 3rd at the Reiver Arena. The basketball game will start at 6:00 PM and there will be free admission for all girls and women. In addition to the free entry, Iowa Western Television will be at the game to interview girls about why sports are important to them. The recordings will be edited and used in a montage that will be published on social media on Wednesday, February 5th. Come out and celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports with the Reivers!

2016 Lewis Central High School Girls Soccer State Champions

Pictured: Lauren Bilek, Anna Ford, Kayla Christiansen, Danielle Petersen, Alissa Pomrenke, Katie Duffy, Jaedyn Mauck, and Hannah Dunlop


Be sure to share your photos on social media to celebrate all of the girls and women athletes in your life! Use the hashtags #NGWSD and #LeadHerForward

This post was originally published on January 31, 2020 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.