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JMU Athletics Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Jan 15, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT

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A neat story out of Harrisonburg, as the James Madison University Athletics Department recently celebrated National Girls and Women in Sports Day with a clinic hosted by numerous Dukes’ female student-athletes.

Last Sunday, members of JMU’s field hockey, track & field, volleyball, soccer and swimming/diving teams guided youth girls from local elementary and middle schools for the clinic which incorporated plenty of activities.

Student-athletes were able to share stories to the younger females about the impact that sport has had on them and show the girls some of their skills and trades of their respective sports. JMU freshman track & field member Abby Duncan told, “It gives the girls of all different ages hope for their athletic future from us girls who are older.”

Overall, the event, which stated in 1987, gave the younger girls a hands-on approach and interaction with the JMU student-athletes through sport and social situations. Flo Hyman, a former Olympic volleyball player who passed away in 1986, is the person responsible in honoring the day for. Across the nation, the event is mean’t to remember Hyman and remember the strides she helped women make in the world of athletics.

“It was an extremely fun event with a great turn out in which everyone’s positive attitude made for a really great day,” said junior volleyball player Martha Stewart.

Plenty of more information about the special day, the cause as well as a photo album can be found here, and on

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