Willamette to Highlight National Girls and Women in Sports Day

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University Athletics Department will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Wednesday, Feb. 6 by showing the movie "A Hero for Daisy: Dream a little .. Sweat a Lot" at the Sparks Center on the WU campus. The movie, which runs for about 40 minutes, will be shown in the Currey Classroom, starting at 7 p.m. (PST). Campus and community members are welcome to attend.

Bearcat women athletes also will participate in National Girls and Women in Sports Day by wearing t-shirts commemorating the event. Many of the athletes will wear the t-shirts again on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Willamette women's and men's basketball games against Northwest Conference rival Pacific Lutheran University. Several local groups that include girls will attend the games as special guests of Willamette Athletics. The women's game is scheduled for 6 p.m. (PST), with the men's game set to start at 8 p.m. (PST).

A Hero for Daisy tells the story of two-time Olympian Chris Ernst, who galvanized her rowing team at Yale University. Members of the team were concerned about the lack of equality for women athletes and women's teams at Yale, so they stormed the office of the athletic director in 1976.

In front of a reporter from the New York Times, the Yale rowers stripped, exposing the phrase "Title IX" in blue marker, referring to legislation passed in 1972 which mandated gender equality at educational institutions receiving federal aid. The story received exposure from major international news outlets, creating momentum for change at Yale.