FWF proudly presented the 2012 NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY at UTEP. Ann Meyers Drysdale, legendary basketball player and sportscaster, addressed the 2012 Flo Hyman winners and their guests. The Flo Hyman award is presented annually to three El Paso female athletes who exemplify dignity, spirit, and commitment to excellence.
Following dinner, FWF Board Members, staff, and volunteers joined the crowd of more than 6500 to cheer UTEP’s Women’s Basketball team to an electrifying victory during which the Miners clinched the C-USA conference championship! Jubilant Miner ballplayers then joined other female athletes in signing hundreds of autographs for the girls in the crowd. Center Anete Steinberga exclaimed "That was amazing! I never thought we'd get that many people at a game." FWF Director of Development, Pat Graham-Casey, observed “I’ve never seen so many fathers and daughters together at a game!”
It was the perfect venue to showcase the FWF Title IX Champions Public Service Announcements and to distribute TITLE IX bracelets and information cards: the fifth largest crowd in UTEP women’s hoops history observed undreds of parents, youth athletes, and children sporting the bracelets by the end of the game. The entire evening helped celebrate both the opportunities created by the landmark law that requires gender equity for boys and girls in every federally-funded educational program and the many areas in which our border communities need to progress. FWF continues to advocate for gender equity – in fact, Miners Coach Keitha Adams presented Pat with an autographed ball at halftime, thanking the Foundation for its unwavering support for and defense of gender equity. We need your help to strengthen and sustain these programs for our sisters, daughters, nieces, cousins, neighbors and friends!