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Jan 26, 2022

Clemson Set to Celebrate National Girls and Women In Sports Day Beginning Sunday

CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson Athletics is set to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) with a series of recognitions and events beginning this Sunday. Clemson will host a free clinic for kids 12 and under at Littlejohn Coliseum beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, prior to the women’s basketball team’s game against nationally ranked Georgia Tech. 

The clinic will include several student-athletes from Clemson’s women’s programs on the concourse, and offer a series of skill-based challenges. Doors at Littlejohn Coliseum open at 5 p.m. ahead of the 6 p.m. game, which is free. Per current university protocols, masks are required within Littlejohn Coliseum. 

NGWSD was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to honor female athletic achievement and recognize the importance of sports and fitness participation for all girls and women. NGWSD has evolved into a vibrant movement that celebrates the power of women in sports and the continued push for equity, especially as the 50th Anniversary of Title IX is acknowledged nationwide.

Clemson will also have a series on social media recognizing the contributions of the women around the official date of NGWSD on Feb. 2.

Quick Notes on Women’s Athletics at Clemson

  • The first varsity women’s program at Clemson was basketball, and was announced on Sept. 7, 1975. 
  • Clemson presently sponsors ten NCAA Division I women’s sports, and announced the addition of lacrosse and gymnastics to begin in coming years after adding women’s golf and softball within the past eight years. 
  • Clemson women’s sports have claimed 39 ACC regular-season or tournament team championships.
  • Fifty-nine women are enshrined in the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • Former Clemson women’s athletes have earned ten Olympic medals. 
  • Most recently in 2020, goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan earned gold with Canada, and Patricia Mamona earned silver in the triple jump for Portugal. 
  • In 2021, Clemson softball became the first ACC women’s program to earn a regular season conference championship in its first full season. 
  • Women currently serve as head coaches for five sports at Clemson – Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, Golf and Lacrosse.