Blue Student-Athletes Coach Local Girls to Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day

February 5, 2020

On February 1, Wellesley student-athletes hosted close to 100 local girls to mark the 34th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Now in its second year, Wellesley’s event welcomed girls from kindergarten to sixth grade, who participated in a two-hour sports clinic that included instruction from student-athletes and coaches in rowing, fencing, soccer, volleyball, and more. Afterward, participants and their parents took to the stands to dig into ice cream and cheer the Blue basketball team toward victory over Wheaton.

The Women’s Sports Foundation puts on National Girls and Women in Sports Day, celebrated nationally on February 5, as a way to inspire girls and women “to play and be active, to realize their full power.” Wellesley Athletics is proud to help promote that message.

“It was awesome to see so many girls athletes get a chance to try some new sports and play alongside our student-athletes,” said Emma Cohen, Wellesley’s coordinator of facilities and events and the organizer of the clinic. “We nearly doubled the number of participants from last year, and I thought our student-athletes were full of energy and willing to help wherever needed.”

A group of young girls stand with Wellesley student athletes and a coach

Members of the golf team Caroline MacVicar ’23, Ella Warburg ’22, and Hannah Blonder ’22 and head coach Sherry Makerney prepare young golf enthusiasts to test their skills on the putting green. Photo: Frank Poulin

Two young girls sit on ergs as a Wellesley rower looks on

Carolina Jimenez ’21 teaches two clinic participants proper erging technique on stationary rowing machines. Photo: Frank Poulin

Young girls dribble soccer balls

Members of the Wellesley Blue soccer team encourage young athletes as they dribble across the Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse. Photo: Frank Poulin

young girls practice fencing technique with gloves

Brie Maurer ’20 of the Wellesley fencing team leads a station on fencing technique and safety. Participants started by fencing with gloves before getting a chance to try on fencing gear and masks and fence against the varsity team. Photo: Frank Poulin