National Girls & Women in Sports Day


Around the country, National Girls and Women in Sports Day is recognized by schools, organizations, and teams during the first week of February. This year, that day is February 7.

On February 4, 1987, President Ronald Reagan declared the first National Women in Sports Day in recognition of the history of women’s athletics. It also recognized the progress made by the Title IX amendment passed in 1972. Last year in 2022, we celebrated 50 years of Title IX (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance).

National Girls & Women in Sports DayAthletics play an important role in girls’ lives. Besides helping to establish a routine for a healthy, active lifestyle, sports build confidence, leadership skills, and the ability to work with a team.  According to an EY study, women increase their odds of landing leadership positions when they have a background in athletics. Girls develop lifelong valuable relationships during their sports careers, too.

When I think of leaders in women’s sports here in Tennessee, the first name to come to my mind is the late Pat Summitt. Being from West Tennessee, you grew up knowing all about her greatness especially being an alumna from UT Martin, and of course her legendary coaching career at UT Knoxville. She inspired countless women in this state and globally I am sure; but, she is among one of the vocal leaders of the development of Title IX in college athletics. She began coaching 2 years after the passage of Title IX. For more on how she helped grow women’s basketball here in the state, check out this article!

Women now compete in many different sports from the time they are toddlers to the pro-level. We have watched women’s sports grow into the arenas of golf, hockey, and even football! In 2021, we watched as Sarah Fuller broke barriers and made history kicking for the Vanderbilt football team.

There are many programs around the area to be involved in this initiative. Whether you are being an active participant, or just a fan cheering on women’s sports, please see some activities below.

National Girls & Women in Sports Day (2)LeadHer at Austin Peay University
The Austin Peay State University (APSU) athletics department has relaunced LeadHer, a comprehensive initiative investing in women’s athletics. Through leadership development, advocacy, and service LeadHer will enrich the experience of female student-athletes during and beyond their time at APSU.

Thursday, Feb. 8 (8 p.m.)

National Girls and Women in Sports Day Celebration vs. LSU
Thursday, Feb. 8 (8 p.m.)
Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day by cheering on Vandy women’s basketball! Stay tuned for more information about fun-filled activities that will be available for this game. Vandyville: Join us in the practice gym for pregame fun for the whole family! Activities will include arts & crafts, inflatables, and more! Women in Sports Networking Event: A ticket to the game will be included with registration to the event. This event will include guest speakers and networking opportunities. Stay tuned for more details! If interested or have questions, contact Dallas Robinson at [email protected] or 615.343.0646

Play Like a Girl
Play Like a Girl was established in 2004 by cancer researcher and philanthropist Dr. Kimberly Clay for the purpose of advancing the health and empowerment of girls and women through education. Initially organized under a different name, the organization was rebranded and trademarked in 2012 and, today, champions girls by uniquely leveraging sport to prepare and equip young women with the leadership skills and competitive spirit essential for success both on the playing field and in the workplace. Governed by a 13-member volunteer Board of Directors based in Nashville, Tennessee, Play Like a Girl serves more than 1,250 girls and women annually through a variety of programs and events. Find out more information and ways to get involved on their website!

TSU Women’s Sports

MTSU Women’s Sports
Feb. 3 vs. WKU | National Women in Sports Day

  • Women’s Sports Teams Pre-Game Clinic
  • Student Giveaway: Grilled Cheese Bar & T-Shirts

Lipscomb Women’s Sports

Belmont Women’s Sports

Fisk Women’s Sports

Tennessee Titans Girls Flag Football 

I encourage you to attend one of these local women’s sporting events or get involved with a local women’s sports organization!

Do you have a local event or girls sporting event/team we missed? Please share!

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Heather Seay
I am a single mom to two beautiful girls, Madison and Ellie. I work from home for a software company based out of Austin, and also work as a Plunder Design jewelry stylist. I live in Murfreesboro, and love suburban life! I am active in my church, World Outreach, and love supporting my alma mater MTSU. You can find me in Nashville any given Sunday in the fall, cheering on my beloved Titans! I am a huge football enthusiast, and love sports in general. In my downtime, I enjoy binging on Gilmore Girls, which I have seen over a hundred times each- it's a lifestyle!


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