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Hornets Participate in NGWSD

Five SU teams participated in National Girls and Women in Sports Day recently.
Five SU teams participated in National Girls and Women in Sports Day recently.

WINCHESTER, Va. – Five Shenandoah University Athletics programs gave back to the community recently by participating in National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Virginia Avenue – Charlotte DeHart Elementary School.

Members of the SU women's lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, golf and basketball teams visited with the students last Thursday to hold clinics in their respective sports.

The students received instruction from the Shenandoah student-athletes and were able to interact with each other throughout the afternoon.

"It was nice working with the young girls," women's soccer standout Dornesha Cottoms said. "In a way, it reminded me of working with the little girls in Haiti in that they were very excited to participate and play soccer. This made the visit much more enjoyable."

The women's soccer team has taken two empowerment trips to Haiti in the past six months. Cottoms made her trip to Haiti last month.

"The participants were so excited to try different sports and our female student-athletes did a fabulous job of instructing and interacting with these young girls," Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Bridget Lyons, Ph.D, said.

"Our student-athletes were truly engaged in the day and I could not have been more impressed with their enthusiasm for National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

"NGWSD is all about celebrating the extraordinary achievements of girls and women in sport, and today was an excellent example of why this day is so important. It is in all of our interests to have as many young women active to be active and participating in sports."

Ashley Smeltzer-Kraft, the Hornets field hockey coach as well as SU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee advisor, felt it was a very positive experience.

"We had the opportunity to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day with Virginia Avenue - Charlotte DeHart Elementary students on February 8," Smeltzer-Kraft said. "Our goal was to promote female athletes and celebrate the wonderful opportunities we have in athletics. Student-athletes from basketball, golf, field Hockey, soccer and lacrosse were able to share their enthusiasm for their sport with these young students. It was a great day for all and we are excited to grow our relationship with Virginia Ave!"

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