NOTICE: This event has been cancelled due to weather. The event will not be rescheduled; however, those who preregistered will receive two free tickets to a women’s basketball game pending availability.
It’s all at Stony Brook University’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day Celebration
On Saturday, February 9, Stony Brook University will host National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). It’s a day set aside to honor the accomplishments of female athletes; to commemorate the passing of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which led to better gender equality in athletic opportunities at the high school and collegiate levels; and to highlight the benefits — to both girls and boys — of staying active and participating in sports.
Starting at 1:30 pm, Stony Brook will host a Youth Sports Clinic in the gymnasium of our new, state-of-the-art Campus Recreation Center. The clinic is open to all girls and boys between the ages of 6 and 13. The children will spend the afternoon with our student-athletes, cycling through different stations devoted to a variety of sports activities. They’ll have the opportunity to try a new sport, interact with the athletes, and most important, have fun.
Another major theme of this year’s NGWSD event is the importance of mentors. Many of our varsity athletes attribute much of their current success to mentors, especially when they were first starting out in sports.
Dani Klupenger, one of the student leaders of NGWSD and a four-year player on the women’s basketball team, is fully committed to the mentoring process. “My most influential mentor in sports was my club coach back in Portland, Oregon — Coach Michael Abraham. He taught me all the fundamentals of basketball and how to be the best player I could be,” Dani said. “I wouldn’t be the player or person I am today without his lessons on the court and off. He is truly inspiring.”
Today Dani is carrying on that tradition. “I, along with my fellow senior teammates, try to mentor the younger players as best we can. Basketball is always a learning process, so we try to pass on the knowledge we’ve acquired through the years to them.”
At 4 pm on February 9, you can cheer Dani and the Stony Brook Women’s Basketball team as they take on Hartford in an important America East Conference game. Game tickets are included in the $5 NGWSD admission fee, which also provides total access to the Sports Clinic and a free T-shirt. Registration will take place on the day of the clinic in the Pritchard Lobby, Stony Brook Indoor Sports Complex. Athletic shoes and playclothes are required for each clinic participant. Representatives from the Summer Camps at Stony Brook also will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about Summer 2013 programs.
Pre-registration is mandatory to enjoy all the fun and excitement of Stony Brook’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration. The registration deadline is Wednesday, February 6. Space is limited, so register early to reserve a spot. For more information on the NGWSD Sports Clinic and a printable online registration form click here, call (631) 632-7705 or e-mail Andrea.Lebedinski@stonybrook.edu.