Campus & Community

Harvard Hosts Sixth National Girls and Women in Sports Day

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Mia Ward of Boston swiftly rounds third base in a game of whiffleball she played with Harvard softball athletes. Photos by Rose Lincoln.

Young athletes from all over Boston converged on Harvard on a chilly Saturday in February. They took instruction from Harvard coaches and student-athletes. They labored and sweated, pushing themselves to refine their skills in soccer, basketball, volleyball, water polo, softball and field hockey. By day’s end, the athletes – nearly 100 girls in all– had learned the finer points of competition, sportsmanship, and nutrition, and went away with tickets to the Harvard-Princeton women’s basketball game.

Jen Vogt-Lowell ’01 (left), who plays second base for the Harvard Women’s Softball team, high fives with Delores Manning of Boston. Vogt-Lowell was one of 50 Harvard athletes to participate in the National Girls and Women in Sports Day at the Malkin Athletic Center on Saturday, Feb. 12.

It was the sixth consecutive year that Harvard played host to the National Girls and Women in Sports Day. More than 50 Harvard student-athletes participated in the event, which also included lunch for the hard-working, hard-playing girls. The Sports Day is one of two annual events that the Harvard Department of Athletics hosts for kids involved in the Boston Police Youth and Student Athlete Collaborative.

Denise Manning of Boston (right) works on her stretching technique with Harvard softball players Cherry Fu ’01 (left) and Jen Crusius ’01 (center).