38th Annual National Girls & Women In Sports Day

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February 7, 2024, marks the 38th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day

February 7, 2024 – The 38th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) is an annual day of observance held during the first week of February to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes.

Since its establishment in 1987, the United States Congress has annually acknowledged women’s contributions to sports and society during a day in the first week of February.

The 38th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day is observed each year, showcasing community-based events, honouring notable women athletes, presenting awards, and hosting various activities.

Inspiring Journeys: Governor Maura Healey’s Reflection on Athletics and Empowering Young Women

Celebrating the 38th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, we catch up with the Harvard Athletics Department.

In the department’s captivating video interview (National Girls & Women in Sports Day 2023 | Harvard Athletics) conducted in 2023, Governor Maura Healey and The John D. Nichols ’53 Family Director of Athletics, Erin McDermott, share insights into the transformative power of athletics in shaping character, instilling resilience, and fostering empowerment for young girls and women.

The conversation delves into Governor Healey’s journey, her passion for sports, and the invaluable lessons she learned on the playing field.

Governor Maura Healey’s Athletic Journey:
Governor Healey reminisces about her upbringing in a small town in New Hampshire, being the eldest of five, and her love for athletics. Having excelled academically, she played three sports in high school, with basketball being her true passion. The pivotal moment came when she was recruited by Harvard University, a decision driven by the belief that as a student-athlete, there was no better place to experience the synergy of academics and sports.

“I thought as a student-athlete, there was no place to have a better experience and that’s what led me to Harvard.”

Athletics as a Source of Leadership Skills:
The interview explores Governor Healey’s belief in the profound impact of athletics on developing essential life skills. 

She emphasizes the parallels between winning elections and winning games, emphasizing the significance of teamwork, hard work, goal-setting, and perseverance.

Reflecting on the challenges and victories in sports, Governor Healey underscores the importance of resilience, coping with setbacks, and learning to connect with others on a human level.

“There’s a whole season and preseason that goes into that. You learn how to cope with loss and setback and failure, right? And persevere. And I think to get things done, you know, it’s all about teamwork.”

Words of Wisdom for Young Aspiring Athletes:
When asked about advice for her younger self or young girls entering the world of sports, Governor Healey encourages bravery and self-belief. She reflects on overcoming insecurities and challenges, urging young girls not to be afraid in a world that may present obstacles.

“And I would just say to young girls in particular, like, be brave. Like don’t be afraid. It is a hard world out there. And they’re going to be a lot of things that will get in your way or people who may try to get in your way, but just keep moving ahead and believe in yourself.”

Governor Healey advocates for collective strength, emphasizing the power of supporting and empowering one another as a crucial lesson learned through athletics.

“Believe in yourself, and believe in one another. That’s another thing, and probably I learned that through athletics. Really important for young girls and young women to support and empower one another.”

Erin McDermott’s Closing Remarks:
Erin McDermott expresses gratitude to Governor Healey for her time and insights, highlighting the importance of the discussion in inspiring and empowering future generations of young women in sports.

“I am just so grateful to athletics. I’m grateful to Harvard Athletics for what it gave me and what it continues to give.”

The interview stands as a testament to the transformative influence of athletics in shaping leaders, fostering resilience, and promoting unity among women.

Governor Maura Healey’s journey serves as an inspiring narrative, encouraging young girls to embrace bravery, self-belief, and the strength found in supporting one another on their individual paths to success.

The President’s Collection by Baron® Championship Rings

Every Championship has its unique story, and the President’s Collection is designed for female athletes who want something different from the traditional larger Championship Ring designs. Take a look at the 2024 President’s Collection below! 

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Serene Band

Introducing the Serene Band, elegance born through an internal design contest, this exceptional piece seamlessly blends a unique shape with practicality for everyday wear. The Serene Band boasts a distinctive silhouette that captures attention with its captivating and refined design, setting it apart from the ordinary.

Stream Band

Our two-tone Stream Band design offers the option to split into two rings. This innovative design provides the freedom to wear the rings together or separately to tell the story of your team’s Championship. This Ring option was designed to be as unique as every journey to victory.

Flawless Band

Our Flawless Band is our take on contemporary classic rings. We’ve incorporated this approach to develop a ring that celebrates Championship excellence while remaining practical for everyday wear. The Flawless Band also offers a degree of customization to acknowledge the achievement of victory.

Timeless Band

Our Timeless Band is an innovative new idea for commemorating your championship victory. The unique shape allows for customization on either side of the ring, but the capacity for customization is unlike the traditional larger Championship Ring designs.

What sets the 2024 President’s Collection: Serene Band apart from other championship rings?

The Serene Band stands out with its exceptional design born through an internal contest, seamlessly blending a unique shape with everyday practicality. This elegant piece captures attention with a distinctive silhouette, setting it apart from ordinary Championship Rings.

How does the Stream Band in the 2024 President’s Collection offer a unique storytelling option?

The two-tone Stream Band in our 2024 President’s Collection presents an innovative design that allows the ring to split into two separate rings. This feature provides the wearer with the freedom to wear the rings together or separately, enabling a personalized and unique storytelling approach to commemorate their team’s championship journey.

What distinguishes the Flawless Band in the 2024 President’s Collection?

The Flawless Band in our 2024 President’s Collection is our modern take on classic Championship Rings. Designed to celebrate Championship excellence, this band maintains practicality for everyday wear. Additionally, it offers a degree of customization, allowing individuals to acknowledge the specific achievements that led to victory.

What makes the Timeless Band in the 2024 President’s Collection an innovative choice for commemorating championship victories?

The Timeless Band in our 2024 President’s Collection introduces an innovative approach to commemorating Championship victories. With its unique shape, this band provides customization options on either side, offering a distinctive twist on traditional larger Championship Ring designs.

“Aligning with the 38th Annual National Girls & Women in
Sports Day, we are unveiling new designs added to
The President’s Collection,” said Drina Baron-Zinyk, President of Baron® Championship Rings.

EmpowerHer Fridays: Baron®‘s Inspire To Play Initiative Celebrates Women and Girls in Sports
Wearing “Inspire To Play” shirts designed by our President on Fridays in February sends a strong and unified message that Baron® acknowledges the influence of sports participation for women and girls.

A message from Baron® President Drina Baron-Zinyk:

My goal, as the first female President of a Championship Ring company, is to provide female athletes with a variety of options to celebrate their achievements.

Every Championship has its unique story, and the President’s Collection is designed for female athletes who want something different from the traditional larger Championship Ring designs.

Drina and everyone at Baron® wearing the “Inspire To Play” T-Shirt from the 37th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD)

‘Inspire to Play’ in 2024

Wrapping up the month with style! Our dedicated Baron® Championship Ring team members are proudly sporting their ‘Inspire to Play’ shirts today at work. It’s been an incredible journey fueled by passion and teamwork, all thanks to the campaign crafted by President Drina Baron-Zinyk.

Drina and dedicated Baron® staff wearing the “Inspire To Play” T-Shirt from the 38th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD)

Exploring the Evolution of Championship Rings in Girls’ and Women’s Sports

Unveiling the Top 6 Championship Ring Designs, metal combinations, shapes, stones, and styles that define today’s empowering Championship Rings

2020 Seattle Storm WNBA Championship Ring

Seattle Storm
Women’s Basketball
CX02A | Seattle, WA

2023 Stoney Creek Sabres National Championship Ring

Stoney Creek Sabres
Women’s Hockey
CB01A | Stoney Creek, ON

2022 Phoenix College National Championship Ring

Phoenix College
Women’s Soccer
RU02R | Phoenix, AZ

2023 Edward Waters University HBCU National Championship Ring

Edward Waters University
Women’s Softball
RU39A | Jacksonville, FL

2023 Xavier University BIG EAST CHAMPIONS

Xavier University
Women’s Golf
RU00A | Cincinnati, OH

University of Minnesota GYMNASTICS PROGRAM RING

University of Minnesota
Women’s Gymnastics
SPLITWAVE | Minneapolis, MN

2024 Girls and Women In Sports Championship Ring Package

Girls and Women In Sports Championship Ring Package | Baron® Championship Rings: We recognize the influence of sports participation for both women and girls, and we are honoured to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes each and every day. Take a look at some of our female Championship Rings, we have included our best and biggest accomplishments in Girl’s and Women’s rings in this Championship Ring Package celebrated with the 38th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day. We included videos and interactive links to help give you a deeper look at what these rings contain. Contact us directly by emailing sales@baronrings.com or call 1-866-944-4089 to get your Championship Ring today. – Issuu

Top 5 Girls and Women in Sports Championship Teams and Their Championship Rings

To commemorate the 38th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, let’s take a look at our Top 5 Girls and Women in Sports Championship Teams and their Rings in Softball, Cheerleading Lacrosse and Soccer.

1. 2023 Smoky Mountain Rain MCCL SOFTBALL Championship Ring
2023 Smoky Mountain Rain MCCL SOFTBALL Championship Ring by Baron Championship Rings
2. 2023 The Stingrays Allstars Peppermint REGIONAL Championship Ring
2023 The Stingrays Allstars Peppermint REGIONAL Championship Ring by Baron Championship Rings
3. 2023 The Stingrays Allstars Royal SUMMIT Championship Ring
2023 The Stingrays Allstars Royal SUMMIT Championship Ring by Baron Championship Rings
4. 2023 Jacksonville University ASUN Championship Ring
2023 Jacksonville University ASUN Championship Ring by Baron Championship Rings

Gymnastics Achieves Unprecedented Success at Tennessee Collegiate Classic 

In a remarkable display of skill and precision, the Ball State University women’s gymnastics team made history at the Farm Bureau Expo Center in Lebanon, Tennessee, during the Tennessee Collegiate Classic.

The collegiate gymnastics team not only secured a program record team score of 198.025 but also garnered three perfect 10s in an unforgettable meet.

Head coach Joanna Saleem expressed her excitement, saying, “It was a heck of a night. It was a lot of fun to watch them go out and perform the way we have been practicing.”

The Cardinals delivered outstanding performances across the board, with an impressive 22 scores of 9.800 or higher, including 12 at 9.900 or higher.

This exceptional display propelled them to the top team score nationwide for the current season, setting a Mid-American Conference team score record in the seven-team era. The evening commenced with a stellar beam performance, resulting in a score of 49.250, the fourth-highest beam score in program history.

Pioneering Paths: Emily Clarke’s Historic Journey as the First Female Head Referee in U SPORTS Football and CFL Trailblazer

Emily Clarke made history in September 2023 by becoming the first female head referee in U SPORTS football, officiating a game between the Alberta Golden Bears and the University of Calgary Dinos.

“It’s surreal sometimes to think I’m the first to do several things within Canadian football with officiating,” said Clarke.

“It was kind of neat to be able to look back and think, okay, I am the first woman to go in and wear the white hat in one of these games and I think it’s even cooler knowing I won’t be the last.”

This achievement followed her groundbreaking role as the first female official in a CFL playoff game in 2022. The opportunity to become a head referee in U SPORTS arose through a partnership between the CFL and U SPORTS, aiming to groom referees through grassroots training.

Clarke, with 20 years of officiating experience, emphasizes the importance of this collaboration in providing a stepping stone for aspiring referees. Her goal is to pave the way for more women in officiating roles and foster a supportive community within the sport.

Clarke’s remarkable journey also includes officiating the red and white game in preparation for the IFAF Women’s World Championship, where she bonded with other female officials, fostering a tight-knit community.

“That was honestly one of the coolest things I think I’ve done so far because even though a few of us knew each other, it really brought us together,” said Clarke.

She encourages women interested in officiating or coaching to reach out to local associations, emphasizing that people are willing to offer support and opportunities.

Alyssa Nakken Makes MLB History as First Woman to Interview for Managerial Role with the Giants

San Francisco Giants coach Alyssa Nakken, the first female full-time coach in MLB, has made history by interviewing for the team’s managerial position.

Nakken, who joined the Giants in 2014 and became a coach in 2020, is the first woman to formally discuss leading a team’s on-field operations.

Nakken’s groundbreaking interview reflects a growing trend of women breaking barriers in professional baseball, with Kim Ng serving as the first female general manager in major North American men’s professional sports.

The ongoing managerial searches involve the Giants, Cleveland Guardians, New York Mets, and Los Angeles Angels.


Tribute to National Girls & Women in Sports Day 

See what female athletes are saying about National Girls & Women in Sports Day.

Watch 38th Annual National Girls & Women In Sports Day videos:

1. Michigan State Spartans Athletics: National Girls and Women in Sports Day 2023-Her success is our success. Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Spartans!
Watch on YouTube

2. GoHeels – University of North Carolina Tar Heels:  National Girls & Women in Sports Day Feature 2023-Sports push our female student-athletes to become strong leaders, ferocious competitors, and powerful people both in their sport and beyond. 💪💙
Watch on YouTube

3. Ole Miss Rebels – Ole Miss Athletics: National Girls & Women in Sports Day 2023
Watch on YouTube

4. Idaho State University: 50th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Watch on YouTube

Breaking Barriers: A Chronicle of Girls and Women in Sports History

From Olympic Triumphs to Pioneering Moments, Unveiling the Remarkable Journey of Female Athletes, as we honour the 38th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day

The First Intercollegiate Basketball Game Debuted
On April 4, 1896, at San Francisco’s Page Street Armory, nine Stanford women confidently entered the court for the world’s inaugural women’s intercollegiate basketball game against the University of California.

Surprisingly, men were not allowed to witness this historic matchup, which concluded with Stanford University emerging victorious with a score of 2-1.

However, three years later, both universities decided to prohibit women’s basketball from participating in intercollegiate competitions.

The First Marathon
Historically deemed too delicate for the demanding 26.2-mile marathon, women achieved a significant milestone as they were granted the opportunity to participate in the Olympic marathon for the first time.

In Los Angeles, American athlete Joan Benoit secured the gold medal, marking a groundbreaking moment in the history of women’s participation in the Olympic marathon.

The First Women’s World Cup
The inaugural Women’s World Cup organized by FIFA took place in China, culminating in a 2-1 victory for the United States against Norway.

Despite this notable achievement, the event received limited global attention, a fact that became evident to the American team upon their arrival at the airport, where they were greeted by only one journalist.

USA Basketball Invests In Women
In anticipation of the 1996 Atlanta Games, USA Basketball initiates a comprehensive yearlong training program for the Olympic team.

The coaching responsibilities are entrusted to Tara VanDerveer from Stanford University.

Throughout this extensive preparation, the team embarks on a nationwide tour, engaging in competitive matches against the best college programs across the country.

Record-Breaking Triumph: Tara VanDerveer Secures Historic Milestone as NCAA’s Winningest Coach

Tara VanDerveer of Stanford University has officially become the most successful coach in NCAA basketball history. As a result, surpassing the previous record of 1,202 career victories held by former Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.

VanDerveer’s historic achievement, marked by win No. 1,203, occurred as the No. 8 Cardinal secured a 65-56 victory against Oregon State University at Maples Pavilion.

The sold-out crowd cheered on VanDerveer to celebrate the incredible achievement. As a result, the team showered her with gold confetti.

“The most important thing is just to do a good job, to work really hard for our team and for our players. Good things come when you are playing well and people are improving and having fun,” said VanDerveer to CBS Sports.

Inspirational quotes from Female Athletes

Black History Month and National Girls & Women in Sports Day! Empowering quotes that we hope resonate to lift each other up, that celebrate diversity, and will continue the journey towards equality.(Coachup Nation, Eat Swim WIn)

“There are always new, grander challenges to confront, and a true winner will embrace each one.” – Mia Hamm, Soccer

“You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have that sense of accomplishment!” – Aly Raisman, Gymnastics

“The ultimate goal should be doing your best and enjoying it.”

– Peggy Fleming

” Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her.” – Mia Hamm, Soccer 

“Overpower. Overtake. Overcome.” – Serena Williams, Tennis

“Greatness finds us by obstacles in front of us. I don’t look at hurdles as obstacles blocking my path but opportunities to overcome.”- Lolo Jones, Bobsledder

“I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run towards it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your foot.” – Nadia Comăneci, Gymnastics

“You have to be positive, and I’m not just talking about athletics, this also applies to life.” – Sheryl Swoopes, Basketball 

“Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.” – Simone Biles, Gymnastics

“You never know if you can actually do something against all odds until you actually do it.” – Abby Wambach, Soccer 

“Without goals, training has no direction.” – Natalie Coughlin, Swimmer 

“You can’t always be the best. You have to remember that everyone makes mistakes sometimes.” – Aly Raisman, Gymnastics

“Everyone wants to win. But to truly succeed – whether it is at a sport or at your job or in life – you have to be willing to do the hard work, overcome the challenges, and make the sacrifices it takes to be the best at what you do.”- Ronda Rousey, Wrestling

Q & A for Girls & Women in Sports

A brief look at Women’s Sports most asked questions.

What is the significance of National Girls & Women in Sports Day?

National Girls & Women in Sports Day is an annual celebration that recognizes the achievements and contributions of female athletes in various sports.

It aims to highlight the importance of equal opportunities, promote gender equality in sports, and inspire girls and women to pursue and excel in athletic endeavors.

The day serves as a platform to acknowledge the impact of sports on personal development, empowerment, and building leadership skills among girls and women.

How can individuals and communities participate in National Girls & Women in Sports Day?

Participation in National Girls & Women in Sports Day can take various forms. Communities and individuals are encouraged to organize and attend local events, such as sports clinics, panel discussions, and workshops that promote female participation in athletics.

Schools, sports organizations, and individuals can also share inspiring stories, achievements, and experiences of female athletes on social media platforms using the hashtag #NGWSD.

Supporting and advocating for equal opportunities in sports for girls and women is a powerful way to contribute to the spirit of this important day.

Tag Baron® on socials

Take a look at the most recognized hashtags associated with National Girls & Women in Sports Day. Remember to share your Championship Ring from Baron® with us and show us how you celebrated NGAWISD on Socials and use hashtags:

  • #GirlsAndWomenInSportsDay
  • #baronchamps
  • #baronrings
  • #baronchampionshiprings
  • #baron2024
  • #baron
  • #NGWSD
  • #NationalGirlsAndWomenInSportsDay
  • #NationalWomenInSportsDay
  • #WomenInSportsDay
  • #NationalWomenAndGirlsInSportsDay
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Baron® Championship Rings encourages your active support for girls’ and women’s athletics in your local community.

For more details on how you can contribute, visit the Women Sports Foundation (WSF), a leading authority on women’s and girls’ sports participation. Committed to creating leaders by ensuring equal access to sports for all girls, WSF advocates the message #keepPlaying.

Baron® Championship Rings is a focused brand, and our relentless commitment to design, craftsmanship and superior story-driven products are what drive us to deliver only the best to our clients.

If you are a female athlete who has been honored with a Championship Ring from Baron®, we invite you to share your reviews on Google Review, Facebook, Twitter as DM, or through our Contact Us page.

Additionally, don’t forget to check out Baron®‘s blog for the 38th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day. Share your story of how sports may have positively impacted your life!

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