Wednesday, February 6, 2013

February 6, 2013 National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Resources in Sports Nutrition and Dietetics

From the National Girls and Women in Sports Day 

On February 6, 2013, thousands of sports educators, coaches, athletic directors, recreation directors, association members, sponsors, students, and parents across the country will show their support of the Day and of this year's theme, "Girls in Sports, An Investment in the Future."

Mission of the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) is to develop and deliver equitable and quality sport opportunities for all girls and women. 

National Girls and Women in Sport Day (NGWSD) History
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.

NGWSD 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. NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current 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.

Significant Events in the Law

NAGWS has served girls and women in sport for more than a century. A  variety of programs have been initiated to prepare teachers and coaches to work with female students and to challenge individuals and institutions to look at how they do business each day. 

In January 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Dear Colleague Letter clarifying school’s obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehab Act) to provide extracurricular athletic opportunities for students with disabilities. The OCR’s announcement underscores our belief that every student, regardless of sex, means, race, religion… and ability, should be able to reap the benefits of sports.

Specifically, the Dear Colleague Letter does the following for schools:
1. Clarifies when and how schools must include students with disabilities in mainstream athletic programs
2. Defines what true equal treatment of student athletes with disabilities means
3. Encourages and provides a road map for schools to create adapted programs for students with disabilities
Title IX/gender equity issues have been a long-time focus of NAGWS programs through programs like Backyards and Beyond or National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). 

Get Involved
Community Action Kit  Download
The Community Action Kit is designed to help you plan, organize, promote and host NGWSD activities. It is available only in an online publication format.
· A short introduction to the Day
· An advocacy section
· A step-by step planning checklist
· Publicity tips to help get your event recognized

The Importance of
Nutrition in Sports Resources

Lisa Dorfman, Director of Sports Nutrition and Performance at the University of Miami featured on NBC to discuss key ingredients to a successful sports nutrition eating plan.

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