On Saturday, February 1st while the Women’s Basketball team was getting ready to face-off verses Minnesota at Crisler Arena, young Wolverine fans from all over Michigan made their way to the Davidson Player Development Center for a celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
The program started off with a talk from Coach Arico about the importance of being active and what great opportunities sports can provide in girls’ lives. After the talk, student-athletes welcomed girls with demonstrations and lessons about their sports. Girls learned how to volley the volleyball, got lessons on how to kick the soccer ball, learned some new dance moves from the dance team, and even got to race against each other on the erg machines that the rowers brought. The lacrosse team taught their ball catching technique and girls got to play some one-on-one with the field hockey team.
Lexi Dannemiller, a junior on the Volleyball team said of the day, “The Girls and Women in Sports Day event was great because we got to encourage young girls and their parents to stay in sports or learn more about different sports. It was a lot of fun to play some volleyball with young girls. Not to make it a competition, but our station was easily the most popular.
The young Women’s Lacrosse team also had a great time. Sophie duPhily, a freshman on the team said, “It was an awesome opportunity to teach and interact with all of the young girls as well as celebrate an exciting day for female athletes. Any time we have the chance to spread knowledge about the game of lacrosse and raise excitement for our first year as a varsity program is great!”
After everyone got some good exercise, student-athletes and the young, aspiring athletes were invited to cheer on the Women’s basketball team in their game against Minnesota.