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Idaho State University’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day Celebration 2014 set Feb. 22 theme is “Passing the Torch, Blazing the Trail”

Posted January 22, 2014

Idaho State University will celebrate the annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day at the ISU women’s basketball game against Montana on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. in ISU’s Reed Gym.

Pocatello-area K-6th grade students are invited to participate in the event and will receive free admission to this game, with a limit of 300 participants, sponsored by the ISU Athletic Department. Along with free admission, the first 300 students will receive a T-shirt sponsored by Bingham Memorial Hospital and a goody bag.

All family members (no limit) who accompany children to the game will be given a discounted price of $2 for game admission. After the game, organizers will host an autograph signing in Reed Gym with the ISU female athletes and Benny the Bengal.

“We’re continuing to celebrate this event with a different vision in mind and a different format, but with the same goal – to recognize and honor the accomplishments of girls and women in sports,” said Karen Appleby, an event organizer and ISU associate professor of sports science and physical education.

The event is coordinated by Idaho State University student groups and entities including the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, Campus Recreation, the College of Education, the ISU Athletic Department, and the SSPE Physical Education Major’s Club – SHEPERD’s.

This national day has been proclaimed by Congress each year since 1987, and is honored annually in the month of February. National Girls and Women in Sports Day recognizes the progress of girls and women in sports, and the benefits that sport and fitness activities can bring to the lives of all girls and women.

“Passing the Torch, Blazing the Trail” is the national theme for this year’s event and serves to acknowledge the past, present, and future ISU women athletes, and the importance of sport participation for women and girls.

For more information contact Karen Appleby at, Shelby Williams at, or Pat Peyton or (208-282-2657).