Fresno State Athletics Celebrates NGWSD

    Feb. 14, 2014

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    FRESNO, Calif. --- Fresno State Athletics hosted its fifth annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) celebration on two special days in the month of February. The two-day event featured a sports clinic for children and a night dedicated to honoring former Fresno State female student-athletes.

    The sports clinic which was held on Feb. 1 was hosted by Bulldog student-athletes for children in the community, offering them a fun opportunity to learn about sports.

    "I think this event is a lot of fun, it gives us an opportunity to step back and show younger children what we do on a day-to-day basis," said Fresno State lacrosse player Holly Cisneros. "It is nice to be able to give back to the community and show kids how fun sports can be."

    A total of 92 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 went through six different sport stations which featured volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, equestrian and golf.

    "It is fun to see the kids get excited about playing sports and teaching them the basic fundamentals," said Fresno State volleyball player Christina Lee. "It is neat to have all of our different teams come together to host a special event like this for the community."

    Following the clinic the participants were able to attend the 'Dogs swimming and diving meet at the aquatic center for a fun time and to cheer on the Bulldogs.

    In addition to the sports clinic, there was a night dedicated to honoring former Fresno State female student-athletes.

    The honorees first attended a social hour prior to the women's basketball on Feb. 12. The pre-game event enabled the honorees to reminisce about what it was like to be student-athletes in the early years. It was 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.

    After the social 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.

    "It was a truly wonderful two-day event, NGWSD was an exciting program to be associated with in my first year at Fresno State," said Michael Boele, Senior Associate AD/Senior Woman Administrator. "I enjoyed my time spent with the community members and former student-athletes."

    Overall the fifth annual NGWSD was a great success for past, present and future Fresno State student-athletes.

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