2012 National Girls and Women in Sports Day - Presented by FWF! - Frontera Women's Foundation | Fundación de Mujeres de la Frontera
 
The University of Texas at El Paso Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department are proud to be celebrating its 13th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day. This national celebration 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 in sports. National Girls and Women in Sports Day has blossomed into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize the current and future sports achievements, the positive influences of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports. Throughout the week, UTEP Athletics will have various activities honoring girls and women in sports.

Community Outreach
Speaker Request Form 
Local leaders, including UTEP Athletic staff/coaches and women from the community, will speak to area schools on the importance of athletics, academics, and leadership in girls' lives. If your school is interested in having a guest speaker, please complete the Guest Speaker Request Form vy Feb. 13, 2012. If you are interested in being a speaker, please complete the on-line Guest Speaker Form.

Local Flo Hyman Award 
The El Paso Girls and Women in Sports Day Committee will be honoring three deserving young ladies with a local Flo Hyman Award for their contributions in academics, athletics and leadership within the El Paso community. As part of the National Girls and Women in Sports celebration, the Flo Hyman Award was created to honor a top female athlete for her accomplishments both on and off the field of competition.

One Flo Hyman Award winner will be selected from each of the following age groups: elementary school, middle school and high school. Each Flo Hyman Award winner will be recognized during a banquet held the on Thursday, February 23rd at 5:30pm in the Jonathan W. Rogers Hall of Champions located on the second floor of the Larry K. Durham Sports Center at the Sun Bowl on UTEP's campus. The keynote address will be given by Ann Meyers Drysdale. The award winners will also be VIP guests at the UTEP vs. SMU Women's Basketball game on Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00pm. Please take the time to nominate a deserving girl from your school for the 2012 El Paso Flo Hyman Award. The deadline to nominate an individual is Monday February 6th. Nomination applications can be completed on-line here.

ATHLETIC EVENTS:
UTEP Women's Basketball vs. SMU
UTEP Athletics invites your school, club, or organization to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day with a FREE ticket to the UTEP vs. SMU Women's Basketball game. So mark your calendars for Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Don Haskins Center for this game.Autograph Signing
An exclusive autograph session with all UTEP Women's Athletic Teams will take place immediately after the women's basketball vs. SMU game. 

UTEP Softball vs. New Mexico State
UTEP Athletics invites your school, club, or organization to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day with a FREE ticket to the UTEP vs. NMSU softball game. So mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 21st at 5:00 p.m. at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex, located on the UTEP campus, for this game.
Anne Meyers Drysdale, Keynote Speaker (by invitation only) 

One of the true pioneers in women's basketball, Hall of Famer and award-winning broadcaster Ann Meyers Drysdale is beginning her sixth season with the two-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury (2009, 2007) as Vice President. Enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. as a player in 1993, Meyers Drysdale's basketball resume spans over four decades after becoming the first high school player ever to make a United States National Team in 1974.

As an amateur, Meyers Drysdale was the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship from UCLA. The UCLA basketball legend was a four-time Kodak All-American, the first male or female to achieve that honor. Upon graduation, Meyers Drysdale held 12 of 13 school records and led the Bruins to a national championship in 1978. Meyers Drysdale, who was the first female to be named to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame and had her jersey No. 15 retired, also competed in volleyball and won a national championship in track in 1975.

An outstanding all-around player, the 5-9, 140-pound guard represented the United States in the 1976 Olympics, 1975 and '79 Pan American Games and the 1975 and '79 World Championships. She earned a silver medal as part of the first women's US Olympic Basketball team at the Montreal Games in 1976.

Meyers Drysdale remains the only female ever to sign a free-agent contract with an NBA team when she signed with the Indiana Pacers in 1979. After being released by the Pacers, she provided color commentary for Pacers broadcasts and was the first woman to broadcast an NBA game.

The first player drafted in the Women's Professional Basketball League (WBL) in 1978, Meyers Drysdale resumed her playing career for the New Jersey Gems, where she was named MVP after leading the league in steals and averaging 22.2 points. She also took home the title as one of only two women to win the ABC Sports Superstars competition three years in a row from 1981 - 1983 and was the only woman to participate in the men's competition.Most recently, Meyers Drysdale has established herself as an expert analyst on ESPN, NBC, ABC, FOX Sports and CBS and has done commentary for men's and women's basketball, softball, tennis, volleyball and baseball since 1979. Meyers Drysdale's illustrious broadcasting resume includes the 1984, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics as well as a stint as a broadcaster for the 1988-89 Loyola Marymount men's basketball team, coached by former Mercury Head Coach Paul Westhead and featuring Mercury Head Coach Corey Gaines, a guard on the team. Meyers Drysdale is also a frequent contributor to WNBA.com. Her incredible sports journalism contributions were honored as the 2006 winner of the United States Sports Academy's (USSA) Ronald Reagan Media Award, joining an elite group of winners that includes Howard Cosell, Bob Costas, Keith Jackson, Frank Deford and Rupert Murdoch.

In her role of Vice President, Meyers Drysdale is focused on serving as an ambassador in the community as well as handling broadcasting responsibilities for both the Phoenix Suns and Mercury.

Meyers Drysdale has five sisters and five brothers, including brother Dave Meyers, who also played college basketball at UCLA, under legendary coach John Wooden and won two NCAA Championships with teammate Bill Walton. He played five seasons (1975-80) for the Milwaukee Bucks after being one of four players traded from the Los Angeles Lakers for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975.

In 1986, she married former Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale and took the name Ann Meyers Drysdale. It was the first time that a married couple was members of their respective sports' Hall of Fame. The Southern Californian native and Drysdale, who passed away in 1993, have three children together: sons Don Jr. (D.J.) and Darren, and daughter Drew. 
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