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Women in Sports Day

Conceived originally as a way to remember Olympic volleyball great Flo Hyman, the first "National Girls & Women in Sports Day" (NGWSD) was proclaimed by the United States Congress for February 4, 1987.

Governors in almost every state, including Delaware, signed similar proclamations and held Women in Sports Day ceremonies in state capitals to honor their respective state's female athletes. Then Governor Michael Castle invited several physical educators and other women involved in Delaware sports to witness his signing of that first proclamation.

Nationally, the first NGWSD was celebrated with a ceremony on Capitol Hill. The Women's Sports Foundation Flo Hyman Memorial Award was presented to Martina Navratilova who, as an athlete, "captured Flo's dignity, spirit, and commitment to excellence." Top athletes also visited members of Congress to urge passage of the Civil Rights Restoration Act, which would restore legislation prohibiting sex discrimination in schools (including athletic programs) receiving federal funds.

Since 1987, NGWSD has evolved into a celebration of past accomplishments, recognition of current achievements, acknowledgment of the positive influence of sports participation, and a symbol for the continuing struggle for equality and opportunity for women in sports. Winners of the prestigious Flo Hyman Award since 1987 include: Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Evelyn Ashford, Chris Evert, Diana Golden, Nancy Lopez, Lynette Woodard, Patty Sheehan, Mary Lou Retton, Donna deVarona, Billie Jean King, and Nadia Comaneci. NGWSD is organized jointly by Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Incorporated, The National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, Women's Sports Foundation, and YWCA of the USA.

As the new millennium begins, we celebrated our 23rd annual luncheon, an event originated in 1989 and now hosted by DWASF. The event includes door prizes, an auction to raise money for DWASF scholarships, the presentation of awards, and a special guest speaker. View more information on Women in Sports Day 2012.