National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebrated at Kennesaw State

The Bobbie Bailey Awards ceremony‚ honoring local high school female athletes‚ will…

Georgia (Feb 7, 2006) — National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebrated at Kennesaw State

Karen Kennedy


Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or

The Bobbie Bailey Awards ceremony‚ honoring local high school female athletes‚ will take place Monday‚ Feb. 13‚ at 7:30 p.m. in Kennesaw State University’s Stillwell Theater. Part of National Girls and Women in Sports Day‚ the ceremony honors athletes from 28 high schools in Cobb‚ Cherokee‚ Paulding‚ Bartow and Douglas counties (see attached list). In addition‚ the successes of the Kennesaw State University women’s athletic teams will be recognized.

This year’s guest speaker will be KSU women’s golf coach Denise Killeen. Killeen is a member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association and a current LPGA Tour player. She is a native of Atlanta and a 1984 graduate of Furman University. In 14 tour seasons‚ Killeen has made the cut in 171 tournaments and finished as high as fourth in two majors in 2001. She also has numerous other top ten finishes. In the spring of 2005 Killeen was selected to head the new KSU women’s golf program.

The 16th annual award ceremony is named for Dr. Bobbie Bailey‚ a longtime supporter of KSU academics and athletics. Sponsors for the evening include the Kennesaw State University Health‚ Physical Education and Sport Science Department‚ along with the KSU Athletic Department and the Georgia Association for Health‚ Physical Education‚ Recreation and Dance.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day began in 1987 as a day to honor the memory of 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 that time‚ 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. For more information on NGWSD‚ visit


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 18‚500 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The recipients of the Bobbie Bailey Award for Athletic Excellence for 2005 are:

Blair Brackin Wheeler High School

Kaley Branton Cass High School

Lindsey Bray South Cobb High School

Christine Caforio Kell High School

Jennifer Carriere Douglas County High School

Magan Davenport Chapel Hill High School

Shannon Duran Woodland High School

Cameron Ellis Walton High School

Linnie Garrett Lithia Springs High School

Kelly Gauker Harrison High School

Karlie Gillam Paulding County High School

Leslie Glore Alexander High School

Tagan Hatchett Etowah High School

Selena Hom Pope High School

Latayvia Jackson Campbell High School

Stephanie Jergel Kennesaw Mountain High School

Kayla Knowles Cartersville High School

Ashley Long East Paulding High School

Mandi McGee North Cobb High School

Kristen Murdock Marietta High School

Velencia Reddington Pebblebrook High School

Stacey Reich The Walker School

Danielle Roddy Woodstock High School

Amanda Rogers Hiram High School

Kimber Thomas Osborne High School

Michelle Thompson Cherokee High School

Katie Vogel Lassiter High School

Laura Voyles McEachern High School


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. 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. For more information, visit