The 29th anniversary of National Girls and Women in Sport Day (NGWSD) will officially be recognized on Feb. 4th, 2015. 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, "Game On."
At the luncheon, three Honor Award winners were recognized for their outstanding achievements in athletics and contributions to women's sports in New Jersey.
Julie Culley- USA Track & Field Athlete who participated in the 2012 London Olympic Games and was a finalist in the 5,000 meter run. Christina Vassar-Special Olympics New Jersey Athlete who participated in the Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece where she earned a bronze medal in the 3k race. Nancy Williams is the former field hockey, basketball, softball, and track & field coach, whom retired from field hockey as the winningest coach in the nation on any level. Among New Jersey high school coaches, William's record for field hockey stands at 839-67-56 winning 99 championships including 43 straight division titles, 19 Shore Conference Division Titles, 24 State Sectional Championships and 13 overall Group State Titles.
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 presented "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 190 student-athletes from New Jersey's high schools, colleges and universities were honored at the celebration. One of the largest events in the state to recognize women's athletics, approximately 800 people attended the festivities.