January 24, 2012

Media Advisory: Girls Sports Day


Paul Kirk, Drake Athletic Communications
(515) 271-3014 | paul.kirk@drake.edu
Heather Weems, Associate Athletic Director/Senior Women’s Administrator
(515) 271-2809 | heather.weems@drake.edu

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Drake Athletics Hosts 2012 Girls Sports Day Friday

Attention Media: The Drake Athletic Department invites you to join in its celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day and shine a light on the positive effects of introducing sport to young women in our community.

WHO:        Student-athletes from Drake’s women’s sports teams and the Chrysalis After-School Program

WHAT:      Drake Athletics and the Bulldogs’ women’s sports student-athletes host young women from Chrysalis After-School at the 2012 Girls Sports Day. This inaugural event celebrates both the 40th Anniversary of Title IX and the 26th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

WHEN:      Friday, January 27, 2012 at 5 p.m.
                 5 p.m.—Welcome and Registration
                 5:10 p.m.—Bulldog Chalk Talk with Drake Women’s Basketball Coach Amy Stephens
                 5:25 p.m.—Rotations begin, by group, for Fitness Walk, Wellness Activity and Zumba (dancing)
                 6:10 p.m.—Closing Presentation
                 6:20 p.m.—Dinner
                 7:05 p.m.—Women’s basketball tipoff vs. Bradley

WHERE:    Bell Center and Knapp Center at Drake University

WHY:        Studies show that physical activity and sport are positive influences on the health and well-being of individuals and society. Girls Sports Day is intended to introduce 5th–8th grade girls to fun fitness activities and the benefits derived, as well as encourage them to learn about and consider the multiple aspects of personal wellness.

We believe that the best investment Chrysalis can make for the future is to invest in girls. That's why we invest 2/3 of our annual grant-making budget in a program we developed in 1998: Chrysalis After-School.
Each year, hundreds of girls at dozens of community sites are part of Chrysalis After-School. From elementary through middle school, girls meet at school and community sites each week to learn life skills, career opportunities, healthy behaviors, and the importance of education. They meet role models who influence the way they think about their future. They develop the confidence and resilience they need to become independent, contributing women.

Chrysalis After-School ensures girls' physical, educational, and social well-being. When we invest in girls, we invest in their families, their community, and our future.
When learn about our Chrysalis After-School programs and partners, or when you read about the results of our investment, you'll believe it, too.