National Girls and Women in Sport Night

As part of the celebration of National Girls and Women in Sport Day‚ Kennesaw State…

Georgia (Feb 1, 2005) — National Girls and Women in Sport Night

Karen Kennedy

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Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu

As part of the celebration of National Girls and Women in Sport Day‚ Kennesaw State University honors 28 local high school female athletes with the 15th annual Bobbie Bailey Awards. The award ceremony will be Monday‚ Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Stillwell Theater on the KSU campus. Each high school in Cobb‚ Bartow‚ Cherokee‚ Paulding and Douglas counties nominated a female athlete who will be presented with an award.

This year’s speaker will be Tisha Waller‚ a 2004 Olympic track and field athlete. Waller is a 10−time national high jump champion and was the 2003 Visa Humanitarian of the Year for USA Track and Field.

Waller is a 1992 graduate of the University of North Carolina‚ where she was the ACC High Jump Champion in 1992‚ and placed 3rd in the NCAA Nationals. Between 1992 and 2002 she was the USA Outdoor Track and Field High Jump Champion four times and was the indoor Champion five times. She was the Champion in the 1998 Goodwill Games‚ and is the American indoor record holder. Waller is currently a first grade teacher in Stone Mountain. In 1996 she was recognized as teacher of the year at Livsey Elementary School in Dekalb County‚ and she has a master's degree in educational leadership.

The ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information call 770−423−6622.

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National Girls and Women in Sport Day began in 1987 to honor Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. Hyman died of Marfan's Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since then‚ NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sport achievements‚ the positive influence of sports participation and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 18‚000 from 132 countries. The fourth largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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