NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces the campus will offer its annual “National Girls and Women in Sports Day” (NGWSD) on Saturday, Jan. 21, in the James T. Amsler Campus Center Gym, on the second floor of the Center, from 8:50 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each year, the Trailblazers and MCLA’s Department of Athletics invite local residents to participate in various clinics to promote sport. This event, in its 29th year at MCLA, is free and open to girls in grades three through eight.

Those interested are encouraged to register now, at

The day will begin with a group photo, before the girls participate in a basketball clinic in the gym. At 10 a.m, they will move on to a soccer clinic, to be followed by a tennis clinic, before attending a free lunch to be held in Murdock Hall, room 218.

The lunch menu will include pizza, fruit, vegetables, sweet treats, lemonade and water. A few gluten-free items also will be available. Girls who would prefer a different meal should bring their own lunch to the event.

All participants then are invited to watch the MCLA women’s basketball game when the Trailblazers compete against Springfield College in the Campus Center Gym, 1-3 p.m. This event is free for NGWSD participants. A concession stand will be open during the basketball game.

The game will be followed by an autograph session with the MCLA women’s basketball team in the Sullivan Lounge, in the Campus Center. Pick up will be at 3:15 p.m. Parents may be asked for an ID when picking up their child.

Those who don’t pre-register online at may register in person in the foyer on the second floor of the Campus Center, 8-8:50 a.m. 

NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports. It began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports.

Hyman died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

NGWSD is jointly organized by the National Girls and Women in Sport Coalition. The Coalition combines the experience and resources of four premiere girls- and women-serving organizations in the United States: Girls Incorporated, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, National Women’s Law Center and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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