By Marissa Avanzato
On Wednesday, Feb. 3, Worcester State University Athletics celebrated the 30th anniversary of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a national observance that celebrates the achievements of female athletes. This year’s theme was “Leading the Way,” recognizing female athletes, coaches, Athletic Directors, and parents who inspire a new generation of girls to become leaders in the sports community.
Female athletes are leading the way at Worcester State. Since the passing of Title IX, they have had more opportunities than ever to showcase their brains and athleticism both. Of 168 female athletes at Worcester State, 105 had a GPA of 3.2 or higher during the Fall 2015 semester – 63 percent. Also, eight out of nine women’s teams had an accumulated GPA of over 3.0. There’s no doubt these are huge accomplishments.
The event brought together female athletes from all the sports played at the university, and many of them shared stories of experiences they have had over the years.
Hayley Sutherland, a sophomore lacrosse and field hockey player, felt nostalgic at the event.
“It made me think back to how it all started, and made me recognize just how lucky I am to be an athlete,” she said.