The Tar Heels celebrated National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Sunday with an event that exposed hundreds of kids to a wide variety of sports and activities in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles. Two UNC student-athletes, senior softball player Megan Morrison and sophomore volleyball player Chaniel Nelson, led the committee that organized what is set to become an annual event.
"The event was amazing!" said Cricket Lane, UNC's Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development. "Everyone enjoyed themselves, from the participants to the student-athletes. Megan, Chaniel and Jenn Townsend, Associate Director of our Academic Support Program, worked so hard to make sure the event was flawless. I cannot wait for next year - our goal is to make it bigger and better."
The 90-minute event drew more than 200 kids and included representatives from nine of UNC's women's teams, each of which set up a station with activities related to that sport. In addition to giveaways and the opportunity to meet and interact with student-athletes, each child who pre-registered for the event received a voucher to attend the UNC-Duke women's basketball game, which tipped off at Carmichael Arena shortly after the action at Eddie Smith Field House wrapped up.
"National Girls and Women and Sport Day was a success!" Morrison said. "I saw lots of smiles on the kids' faces and they seemed to really enjoy being able interact with each other, as well as the student-athletes. Our main goal was to try to jump-start interest in participating in physical activity, and we hope that we accomplished that. We want to thank the vendors who contributed to the day's success as well all of the athletic teams who gave their time to a great cause!"