Department of Athletics

Huskies’ Women’s Teams Combine to Celebrate NGWSD With Gorham Recreation

 GORHAM, Maine  – In celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (February 3, 2021), the University of Southern Maine Department Athletics and the Gorham Recreation Department are collaborating to bring the day to life with a week-long series of in-person and virtual events to illustrate the importance of athletics and sports participation in the development and education of girls and women. 

In its 35th year, National Girls and Women in Sports Day highlights the confidence, strength and character gained through sports participation, and amplifies that athletics participation provides girls and women the tools they need to become leaders in sports and life. Created in 1987 by the Women's Sports Foundation, NGWSD also recognizes and applauds the achievements and influence of female athletes, coaches, leaders, and organizations that continue to work to ensure the protection of Title IX, gender equity and promotion of play. 

"Athletic participation is a vital component to the development of strong, confident and ambitious female leaders," said Kim Turner, USM Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator.  "There are numerous studies with statistical evidence to prove that assertion, but just looking around at our athletic department and seeing the many outstanding young women who are part of our athletic teams is proof positive enough.  We are excited and encouraged to help create this week-long celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, and to help foster lifelong fitness and athletic participation in the next generation."

Research through the Women's Sports Foundation has shown that athletics participation by girls and women has directly and positively affected the belief, confidence and success: Girls who participate in sports are 14 percent more likely to believe in their academic ability and pursue their dream career, and are 13 percent more likely to pursue a career in mathematics or science. One in their career path, 90 percent of female corporate executives report having played a sport as part of their youth, and 61 percent say playing that sport directly contributed to their career success, and  girls who play sports report higher levels of confidence, and are 16 percent less likely to want to change their image. 

Beginning Monday, February 1 and running through Thursday, February 4, USM Athletics, its women's teams and staff, and Gorham Recreation will be sponsoring local community events and online virtual activities to girls from Gorham Village School and Gorham Middle School.  Registration is required for each all events, and COVID-19 protocols and precautions must be adhered to.  READ MORE