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The ECU women's basketball team will celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day on Saturday, February 8 when the Pirates host Houston. The celebration will include free admission for all fans and a chance for young girls to shadow ECU employees during their game day duties.
National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) is powered by the Women's Sports Foundation and February 5, 2020 will be the 34th annual edition of the celebration. NGWSD aims to inspire girls and women to play and be active, to realize their full power. It recognizes student-athletes, champion athletes, coaches, administrators and lawmakers who are commited to providing equitable access to sports for all girls and women. ECU's celebration of NGWSD will be just one of the many that will take place across the country.
"Just in general, I think sports does a lot of things,"
said head coach Kim McNeill
. "It builds friendships, it helps you learn to play as a team. It helps to build confidence. Just to look around and see so many young girls playing, whether it's volleyball, basketball, softball, field hockey, cheerleading, dance, whatever it is. It's just great to look out and for them to see that they can do it too and it doesn't just have to be done by little boys, but little girls can do it as well."
For the game against Houston, the Pirates will offer opportunities for girls between the ages of 7 and 13 to see what it is like to work on an ECU gameday. Those who wish to participate can sign up to shadow ECU employees during their gameday duties. Some of these opportunities include working with the ECU cheer team and band, sitting in as the guest public address announcer and even performing a post-game interview with Coach McNeill. Those who want to sign up can do so HERE
Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., on Saturday, February 8 inside Minges Coliseum and admission will be free for all fans.