Feb. 6, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State Athletics hosted a free clinic for boys and girls eighth grade and younger to play sports with current Bulldogs in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Over 80 children participated in the clinic which included seven Fresno State sports teams: golf, equestrian, volleyball, softball, track and field, lacrosse and soccer. For more than three hours, the Bulldogs taught the children fundamental skills in each sport rotation. Then the 'Dogs and kids enjoyed a nice lunch and watched the Fresno State swimming and diving team race against San Jose State at the Fresno State Aquatics Center.
"It was a great day for kids to experience Fresno State Athletics and the goal is that when they leave here, they have a desire to pursue some of these sports and one day become a Bulldog," said assistant volleyball coach Ed Jackson.
For the past three years, Fresno State Athletics has celebrated NGWSD, an event that brings national attention to the achievements of female athletes of the past, present and future throughout the country, by honoring former female student-athletes and providing a free clinic for boys and girls.
"It is great to be out here with the little girls and boys, seeing them so interested in sports, especially after last week when we were able to recognize all of the former female student-athletes who use to play sports at Fresno State," said lacrosse player Callie Seidman.
NGWSD is a very special tradition that Fresno State Athletics has created. With each year comes growth. The number of honorees that the athletic department recognizes has grown from 20 in 2011 to an outstanding 63 in 2012. The sports clinic also saw growth in participants from last year's 60 children to this year's 80. It's a tradition that means a lot to all past, present and future Bulldogs.
"The way that we have honored the National Girls and Women in Sports Day from the young girls to the former student-athletes who really set the stage for the future is outstanding," said head softball coach Margie Wright. "Everything that Fresno State did last weekend as we honored former bulldogs from the 1980's and this weekend with the free clinic for youth who are the future of our athletic program have been awesome. I hope every year more and more people participate."
On Saturday, Jan. 28 former female student-athletes were honored for their accomplishments, also as part of the NGWSD program, at a Fresno State women's basketball game.
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