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NGWSD Celebration
Some of the young girls at the Fresno State softball game cheering on the 'Dogs.
Some of the young girls at the Fresno State softball game cheering on the 'Dogs.

Feb. 12, 2013

By Stephanie Juncker

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FRESNO, Calif. ---On Saturday Feb. 9, the Fresno State Department of Athletics hosted the fourth annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) Celebration on the campus of Fresno State. The day included a sports clinic for children, attendance at Fresno State softball and women's basketball games, an honoree reception at the Smittcamp Alumni House and honoree halftime recognition.

This year in honor of NGWSD a combination of athletes and coaches from the 1960's, 70's and 80's reunited for a celebration of their athletic careers and achievements.

The morning began with the free sports clinic for children that saw a record number of participants. 115 kids participated in the clinic that was run by 65 Fresno State student-athletes who taught different skills and strategies of their respective sports. The children learned a lot about sports they may not have otherwise known about, but most of all had fun doing it.

Following the clinic the participants were able to attend the 'Dogs softball game at Bulldog Diamond for a fun time and to cheer on the Bulldogs.

Prior to the basketball game the former Bulldogs met at the Smittcamp Alumni House for appetizers and a reception. The pre-game event enabled the honorees to reminisce about what it was like to be student-athletes in the early years. It's a time to share stories, jokes and memories that impacted each person's life and reflect upon how their participation helped pave the way for today's enhanced student-athlete opportunities for women.

The honorees then made their way to the women's basketball game in the Save Mart Center, where they were recognized at halftime in front of the entire crowd for their participation at Fresno State. Each honoree was escorted by and given an award by a current Fresno State student-athlete.

Lastly, Fresno State Athletics Senior Women Administrator Betsy Mosher was also recognized at halftime as former Fresno State standout Jaleesa Ross thanked her for all that she has done at Fresno State. In her eight years at Fresno State, her guidance has been vital in the academic development, NCAA compliance, gender equity, sports medicine, financial aid, welfare initiatives, strength and conditioning and all student-athlete services. Mosher was named the NACWAA's 2012 Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision Administrator of the Year. She has established herself as a national leader in fostering an elite and equitable student-athlete experience as well as representing the institution throughout the transition into the Mountain West Conference.