SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - On Sunday, February 7, Seton Hall University will host the 18th annual New Jersey National Girls and Women in Sports Day awards luncheon at the Richard Regan Athletics and Recreation Center on the university's campus. The 12:00 p.m. luncheon, sponsored by The Star-Ledger and held prior to the Seton Hall vs. St. John's women's basketball game at 2:00 p.m. in Walsh Gymnasium, will be held in the Richard and Sheila Regan Field House.
Officially recognized on Feb. 4, National Girls and Women in Sport Day (NGWSD) celebrates the athletic achievements of women and the positive well-being associated with sports participation while also recognizing the continuing struggle for equality for women in sports. Chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1986, NGWSD is honored in all 50 states. This year's theme is, "Stay Strong, Play On."
At the luncheon, two Honor Award winners will be recognized for their outstanding achievements in athletics and contributions to women's sports in New Jersey. The recipients are Anita Kubicka, Assistant Director of Athletics/Head Softball Coach at Montclair State University, and Jack Ryan, the former Director of Athletics at Brookdale Community College. The Outstanding Athlete Awards will also be presented to one individual from each high school, junior college, and college in attendance.
At halftime of the game, the NJAIAW will present "Woman of the Year" awards to one outstanding athlete from each college and university in the state. The awards are based upon athletic excellence, academic success and community service.
Participating organizations this year include the Garden State Athletic Conference, the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the New Jersey Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, the New Jersey Athletic Conference, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, Seton Hall University, and the Women's Sports Foundation. Approximately 150 student-athletes from New Jersey's high schools, colleges and universities will be honored at the celebration. One of the largest events in the state to recognize women's athletics, approximately 800 people are expected to attend the festivities.