Today marks the 35th year of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). Every year on this day we commemorate the many female athletes, coaches, and sports personnel who work hard to do things they love the most.
Women in all aspects of sports inspire young girls as they create paths for others to follow as they change the culture of sports. HBCUs have seen a fair share of women change their culture as they not only change the narrative of women surrounding sports, but also the black narrative surrounding sports.
HBCUs foster and encourage people of color to pursue their dreams and become what they desire. Many see HBCUs as their chance to become the very thing that many are told they cannot be. These women who attend or work at HBCUs seek their opportunities when they can say, “I told you so. I told you I can do it!”
Sports has a way of bringing the best out of people and those around them. Women’s roles in sports have changed immensely because of those who would not allow themselves to be held back or told no. No matter the barrier, women have been able to succeed.
NGWSD is a day that exemplifies the meaning of being a women in the sports realm; you may be the only women in the room today, but tomorrow you won’t be alone, no one may know about your sport or the athletes participating in it, but one day everyone is going to know about it.
Women’s presence in sports grows everyday as more and more as they make their way into the spotlight. Those who have a platform use it to encourage change within the industry and try to bring more young women to sports. Women in sports are able to bring change not just to the sports industry but can also change the way women are seen in society as well.