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Springfield College to Host National Girls and Women in Sports Day, February 7

NGWSD Springfield, Mass. -- February 5, 2009 -- Springfield College will host National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, February 7. On that day, girls in Grades 3 through 8 are invited to attend clinics at Springfield College involving several sports and activities, including volleyball, lacrosse, and rock wall climbing, in the College's brand new Field House. A very limited number of openings are still available. If interested, please contact Teaching Fellow Brian Gerrity at bgerrity@spfldcol.edu or at 413-748-3756.

Also on hand later that day will be JJ Jumper, the official mascot of NCAA basketball. JJ Jumper will be attending the two basketball games later that afternoon. The Springfield women's basketball team will be hosting Babson College at 1 p.m. on James Naismith Court in Blake Arena. The Springfield men's basketball team will be hosting Clark University on the same court at 3 p.m.

In addition, during lunch hour, girls are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch and eat with SPIRIT, Springfield College's mascot.

"This is a day to celebrate the achievements of girls and women in sports," said Dr. Kelly Hart, Associate Director of Athletics at Springfield College. "Many colleges throughout the nation will be celebrating this day during the month of February. We're pleased that so many Girl Scouts have already signed up to attend. We hope they will enjoy the clinics in our brand new facility."

ADMISSION TO ALL EVENTS IS FREE.

Here is the schedule for Saturday's National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Springfield College.

8:30 a.m. -- 8:50 a.m. -- Registration in the PE Complex (Blake Arena) lobby. (Please see the Team Entrance sign above the doors of entry).
9:00 a.m. -- 12 noon -- Girls, Grade 3-8, invited to attend volleyball, lacrosse, rock wall climbing, and other recreational activities -- new Field House.
12:15 p.m. -- 1:00 p.m. -- LUNCH -- Brown bag it with SPIRIT, the Springfield College mascot.
1:00 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m. -- Women's Basketball in Blake Arena -- Springfield vs. Babson -- with JJ Jumper, the official NCAA mascot, and SPIRIT.
3:00 p.m. -- 4:30 p.m. -- Men's Basketball in Blake Arena -- Springfield vs. Clark -- with JJ Jumper and SPIRIT

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!!!!!!

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