DURHAM, N.C. – Duke Athletics is happy to celebrate 50 Decades of Women’s Varsity Athletics. A commemoration of the rich heritage of women’s athletics at Duke University will choose put during the yr with a digital marketing campaign highlighting just about every Blue Satan women’s athletic system on social media, a fundraising campaign and two element situations. Followers and supporters can abide by along throughout Duke Athletics’ social channels with the hashtag #DukeWomens50.

“Duke Athletics is very happy and enthusiastic to host its annual celebration of women’s athletics with an emphasis this 12 months on the 50th anniversary of women’s varsity athletics at Duke University,” incoming Vice President and Director of Athletics Nina King said.  “We glance ahead to partaking the Durham group and empowering youth to display the precious effects of sport throughout all ages and genders at both our gala and youth clinic, whilst highlighting our 13 women’s athletic plans across Duke Athletics’ social and digital platforms. Further, the yearlong celebration coincides with the 50th anniversary of Title IX. We could not be a lot more enthusiastic about advertising and marketing gals in sports activities, while elevating money to support scholarships for woman Blue Satan university student-athletes in the procedure.”   

The initially of our highlighted activities is a fundraiser gala to be held on the weekend of Feb. 11, 2022. Money lifted will aid supply scholarships and help assets for female Duke college student-athletes for a long time to occur. The celebration will also include things like a youth clinic, showcasing our female varsity sports activities in an interactive style. Each activities will be held on Duke’s campus. Formal information about these and any auxiliary gatherings will be introduced at a later time. 

An added emphasize of the year’s celebration is the 50 for 50 Fundraising Undertaking, launched to understand the feminine student-athletes who have represented Duke and their sport with tremendous character and perseverance. The purpose of the task is to elevate $2.5 million this fiscal year as a result of 50 items of $50,000 or more in support of Duke Women’s Athletics. Presents can be allotted to women’s athletics in a range of ways, including a qualified gift to a women’s varsity activity of the donor’s deciding upon, a women’s athletic scholarship or a women’s money initiative or specific undertaking. Providing options could take the kind of an outright present, a multi-yr pledge or an estate present.

“We are self-assured that those people men and women who have enjoyed viewing female Duke college student-athletes throughout the years will specially want to exhibit their assist for the duration of this quite exclusive yr,” mentioned Tom Coffman, Deputy Director of Athletics/Philanthropy.

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To enable us kick off the yearlong celebration and 50 for 50 Fundraising Challenge, you might be invited to show up at the Duke Athletics Women’s Olympic Panel. This virtual event is becoming hosted by our Acquire-Athletics committee and will incorporate two-time Duke discipline hockey captain and ESPN Executive Vice President of Professional Marketing, Networks and ESPN, Laura Gentile (’94) who will average an remarkable panel of internationally completed Duke athletes. Lindsey Harding (’07), Abby Johnston McGrath (’13) and Leslie Marx (’89) will share their experiences as college student-athletes, their Olympic journeys and what Title IX has meant to them. Sign up below.

In whole, Duke sponsors 13 women’s athletic packages which have collectively received 8 team nationwide titles and 12 unique countrywide titles. The first Duke sponsored female sports activities system was area hockey beginning in 1972. Most a short while ago, softball turned the most current additional to our Blue Devil family with its first year of levels of competition getting location in 2018. 

“As we tactic the 50th Anniversary of Women’s Varsity Athletics at Duke, I am reminded of how very pleased I am to have served as the women’s lacrosse mentor for the very last twenty-6 several years. When I arrived at Duke in January of 1995, never could I picture how Duke Athletics would mature and evolve in its sturdy motivation to women’s athletics,” head coach of Duke Women’s Lacrosse Kerstin Kimel explained. “I am deeply appreciative of the university and athletic departments management and vision which has afforded our women’s plans the option and assets to establish championship caliber packages and present a earth class encounter for our remarkable university student-athletes. It is with a tremendous feeling of gratitude that Duke Women’s Lacrosse forges into the 2021-22 faculty year and this yearlong celebration of women’s varsity athletics.”

The yearlong celebration of 50 Decades of Women’s Varsity Athletics at Duke will also incorporate our third-annual recognition of National Ladies & Women of all ages in Sporting activities Working day (NGWSD), which commenced in 1987 as a exclusive day in our nation’s money to understand women’s sports. NGWSD is celebrated every year in all 50 states and our celebration of women’s sports will culminate upcoming summer season with the 50th anniversary of the passing of Title IX. Handed as part of the Education and learning Amendments of 1972, Title IX prohibits sex-primarily based discrimination in any education and learning system or exercise getting federal guidance. The full language of Title IX states, “No human being in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the gains of, or be subjected to discrimination below any instruction plan or activity obtaining Federal monetary help.”

For much more information and facts, contact [email protected] or pay a visit to our internet site DukeWomens50.com.