By Tatum Wheeler • February 27, 2019•Ms. JD, Issues, Sexism, Sexual Harassment, and Other Forms of Discrimination, Women and Law in the Media
February 6 marked the 33rd annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). The Women's Sports Foundation, a nonprofit created in 1974 by tennis legend Billie Jean King, hosted the first National Girls and Women in Sports Day in Washington D.C. in 1987 as a means to celebrate and honor Flo Hyman through the creation of the Flo Hyman award. Flo Hyman, considered the world's best volleyball player in the world, attended the University of Houston — on the school's first scholarship for a female athlete — studying mathematics and physical education before putting her studies on hold to pursue volleyball professionally. Rather than accepting the full amount of scholarship funds, Flo declined some of her scholarship funds at Houston to allocate the funds to other female athletes. Flo Hyman was an Olympic Silver Medalist, US National Team Member and professional volleyball player in Japan. Prior to passing away at the age of 31 due to an undiagnosed heart condition, Flo Hyman fought for the Civil Rights Restoration Act and testified before Congress on Title IX.
Now in its 33rd year, National Girls and Women in Sports Day has been implemented by states, cities, colleges, and professional organizations alike to encourage participation in sports, and celebrate female athletes accomplishments. Each year the Women's Sports Foundation chooses a theme. This year's theme is "Lead Her Forward, to honor the many ways that sports push girls and women to achieve excellence and realize their boundless potential."
In honor of this year's NGWSD, I've curated a list of volunteer opportunities to make good on this year's theme by encouraging girls participation in sports. This list is not exhaustive and involves both girl-specific and gender-neutral volunteer opportunities. I encourage you to leave comments or contact me with additional opportunities.
- Girls on the Run: https://www.girlsontherun.org/
- Girls, Inc.: https://girlsinc.org/find-girls-inc/
- The First Tee: https://thefirsttee.org/get-involved/coach-volunteer
- Local YWCA: https://www.ywca.org/get-involved/?_ga=2.159761085.1682441176.1551209432-1804998333.1551209432
- Local Boys and Girls Clubs: https://www.bgca.org/get-involved/volunteer
- Local YMCA: http://www.ymca.net/find-your-y/
- Special Olympics: https://www.specialolympics.org/get-involved/coach
- American Youth Soccer Organization: https://ayso.org/find-your-region/
- Play Like a Girl (Nashville, TN): https://iplaylikeagirl.org/volunteer/
- Girls in the Game (Chicago, IL, North Texas, and Baltimore, MD): https://www.girlsinthegame.org/volunteer/
- Coaching Corps (California Georgia, Maryland, Florida, New England): https://coachingcorps.org/become-a-coach/
- Stoked (Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL, and New York, NY): https://www.stoked.org/
- Local professional sports teams' community foundations
Tatum Wheeler is a first-year law student at UC Irvine. When she’s not studying, she spends her free time exploring the coastline, connecting with friends and family, and cheering on her favorite sports teams. Please feel free to contact her with any questions, comments, or further advice.