WILSON, N.C. — January 26, 2017 — Barton College’s Eighth Annual Celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day will be held on Thursday, Feb.1, in Hardy Alumni Hall on campus. Featured speakers will include Barton alumna Katie Wilkinson, Barton students Rachel Krueger and Riley Bane, Wilson Christian Academy’s Ashley Hartsfield, and Elm City Middle School’s Hannah Mosley.
Play Fair, Play IX is the theme for the National Girls and Women in Sports Day for 2018 as determined by the Women’s Sports Foundation in partnership with the National Women’s Law Center and the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and Girls, Inc. This year’s theme focuses on celebrating the importance of fair play, building awareness about Title IX and working together toward its promise of equal opportunity in sports, as noted on the ngwsd.org website.
The program will open with a welcome and introductions by Dr. Claudia Duncan, Dean of the School of Allied Health and Sports Studies at Barton, as she recognizes special guests in attendance.
Wilkinson, ’15, a former Barton College and Wilson Christian Academy volleyball student-athlete, and a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill, will speak about “The Value of My Sports Participation to Future Aspirations.”
Krueger, a current Barton soccer student-athlete and president of the Student Government Association, will discuss “Being a Lady Bulldog Soccer Player.”
Bane, a Barton volleyball student-athlete and honors student, will focus her remarks on “Being a Lady Bulldog Volleyball Player.”
Hartsfield, current basketball, soccer, and volleyball student-athlete at Wilson Christian Academy, will address the “Perspective of a High School Athlete on the Value of Sports Participation.”
Mosley, a basketball, cross-country, soccer, and volleyball student-athlete at Elm City Middle School will provide her “Perspective of a Middle School Athlete on the Value of Sports Participation.”
In addition to these presentations, Coach Wendee Saintsing, head women’s basketball coach and senior woman administrator in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Barton, will recognize members of Barton’s two newest female athletic teams, swimming and lacrosse.
And, the annual presentation of the Carole McKeel Award and closing remarks will be made by Gary W. Hall, ’80, director of athletics emeritus, director of grants and student philanthropy at Barton. This year’s Carole McKeel Award recipient will be Rosalie Ellis Bardin, a 1973 graduate of Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) and a former basketball, softball, track and field, and volleyball coach, director of athletics at at Southern Nash Senior High School.