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Cypress College Recognizes National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Cypress College Recognizes National Girls and Women in Sports Day
By: Monica Badolian
CYPRESS, CA - Cypress College Athletics recognizes National Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 7. The department offers eight women's athletic programs: basketball, beach volleyball, soccer, softball, swim and dive, tennis, volleyball, and water polo, with over 100 athletes participating. 
National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) began in 1987. The day aims to celebrate the achievements of female athletes and encourage girls and women to participate in sports at all levels. It serves as a reminder of the importance of equal opportunities for girls and women in the sports world. NGWSD also highlights the positive impact of sports on the physical, mental, and social well-being of girls and women.
Cypress College student-athletes, coaches, and athletics staff said a few words to acknowledge the importance of women in sports. Head athletic trainer Rachel Kirkpatrick said, "I think it's important to take the time to highlight women in general and give them a day to recognize them and bring awareness to women in sports and the challenges we experience," said Kirkpatrick. "It taught me a lot about self-confidence and knowing at the end of the day, I can do anything that a man can, and I can have a completely different perspective on it. So, it's played a big impact in what I do daily, but I'm very thankful for the opportunities I've had." Head athletic trainer Nicolette Marinello also shared her thoughts, "Growing up playing soccer teaches you to be a part of a team, be competitive, and strive for a common goal. It also impacted my life because it teaches you internal goals, motives, and intentions. It builds you up as a person."
Women's Indoor and Beach Volleyball player Jessica Ferreira said, "It's recognizing them as athletes, giving them that importance. Sometimes, women's sports are overlooked, so giving them that day is an accomplishment. But being a female athlete has given me that confidence."
Women's Basketball Head Coach Brittany Imaku also talked about the importance of NGWSD. "I think it's important to continue to shine a light on young girls. They have more role models now than when I was growing up. It's not just boys that can play; girls can participate too," said coach Imaku. "Sports has helped me emotionally, mentally, and physically. It taught me how to deal with tough situations because we have challenges as women, enabling us to deal with diversity. Without sports, I wouldn't be the person I am today."
On this National Girls and Women in Sports Day, let us celebrate the achievements of female athletes past and present, honor their contributions to the world of sports, and reaffirm our commitment to creating a future where all girls and women have the opportunity to thrive in athletics.


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