FiT Supports National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Thousands of supporters will ascend on Capitol Hill Feb. 3 to voice their support for girls and women in sports during the annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). This year’s theme “Stay Strong, Play On” reflects the progress made by girls and women in sports and encourages female athletes of all ages to serve as roles models for future generations.
Fitness Information Technology (FiT) supports that message by featuring female role models in sports in 100 Trailblazers: Great Women Athletes Who Opened Doors for Future Generations. The book, by author and human rights activist Richard Lapchick, highlights the achievements of athletes, coaches and administrators who broke down barriers and, as a result, provided opportunities for future generations of women in sports.
One of those women is Lyn St. James, a former professional auto racing driver who in 1992 became the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award.
“When I was growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s, there were really no role models in sports for me to even think about being a professional athlete,” said St. James, as quoted in 100 Trailblazers. “Now there are so many women out there competing, coaching, managing, organizing and leading everywhere in every way. I’m proud to be included in this collection of women who’ve led the way and who continue to show girls that the opportunities are limitless.”
Now in its 24th year, NGWSD was started by the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports (NAGWS) to advance the efforts of Title IX and other historic accomplishments that are aimed toward achieving gender equity in sport. To assist with the sponsorship of NGWSD events across the country, NAGWS relies on the support of Girls, Inc., the Girls Scouts of America, the Women’s Sports Foundation and the National Women’s Law Center.