For the fourth straight year, the Fredonia State Athletic Department is celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). Festivities will take place this Saturday when the men's and women's basketball teams play host to Oswego State.
Tee shirts will be given away to the first 150 fans. There will also be dozens of raffle prizes, including some donated by the Buffalo Bills, Sabres and Bandits. Tickets are $1 each.
The women's game starts at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4 p.m. As usual, Fredonia State students showing a valid ID card will be admitted free. In addition, children ages 16 and under will be free of charge. Admission price for all other spectators will be $3 - a reduction of $2 per ticket.
Although it is only the fourth year at Fredonia State, the nationwide celebration of NG&WSD is entering its 28th year.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Florence Hyman for her athletic achievements and work to assure equality for girls' and women's sports. Hyman died of Marfan's Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan.
Support and funding for this weekend's festivities have been provided by Student Affairs, the President's Office, Campus Life, Residence Life and an FSA grant.