Gopher Athletics Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Feb. 7, 2013
The University of Minnesota Athletics Department took part in several events in conjunction with the celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Feb. 6. The day began at the University of Minnesota Boathouse where the athletics department hosted its annual Jean Freeman Girls and Women in Sports Breakfast for women’s athletics supporters.
Along with the breakfast, the state of Minnesota held a ceremony at the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul, Minn., from noon to 1 p.m. The event highlighted and recognized 20 individuals for their work to promote women in athletics.
The Minnesota athletics department also held a function to feature women in sport careers at TCF Bank Stadium that evening. After dinner and welcome, breakout sessions occurred in 12 sport career areas: athletic administration, athletic training, coaching, event management, sport agency, marketing, public relations, officiating, sponsorship, strength and conditioning, academic advising and non-profit organizations. The breakout sessions were led by women specializing in each of these sport careers.
Sponsored by St. Jude Medical Foundation, both events featured keynote speaker Kathy Williams, Gopher alum and former LPGA golfer and coach. As a Gopher student-athlete, Williams was a member of Minnesota’s first Big Ten Conference championship team in 1978 and an AIAW All-American. After her professional career, Williams returned to her alma mater as a coach from 1991-99. During her tenure, she was named the Midwest Region and Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1992 and the LPGA Midwest Coach of the Year in 1991. She was inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame in 2005. She now works with RevelationGolf, a not-for-profit organization, which uses the game of golf to enhance the life of cancer survivors and at risk youth girls.