Kennesaw State University to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day


  Lindsey Harding of the Women’s National Basketball Association will help fete local…

Georgia (Jan 30, 2012) —  

Lindsey Harding of the Women’s National Basketball Association will help fete local high school athletes

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 30, 2011) — On Feb. 6, 2012, the Kennesaw State University Health, Physical Education and Sport Science Department, along with the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Georgia AHPERD), will sponsor their 22nd annual recognition of National Girls and Women in Sports Day by hosting the Bobbie Bailey Awards ceremony. The guest speaker will be Lindsey Harding, star guard for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream.

This ceremony highlights the accomplishments of local high school female athletes from Cobb, Cherokee, Paulding, Bartow and Douglas counties, as chosen by their respective schools. The awards are named for Dr. M. Bobbie Bailey, a longtime friend and benefactor of Kennesaw State academics and athletics. During the ceremony, the successes of

"National Girls and Women in Sport 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,” said Susan Whitlock, assistant professor of health, physical education and sport science. “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."

Current sponsors for NGWSD are: Girl Scouts of the USA; Girls Inc.; the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport; the National Women's Law Center; and the Women's Sports Foundation. The official day this year is Feb. 1, 2012. 


Harding helped lead the Dream to the 2011 WNBA championship game, and averaged 15 points per game in the play-offs.  She is only the second female basketball player from Duke University to have her jersey retired. In 2007, she was selected first overall in the WNBA draft. She was traded to the Minnesota Lynx where she played two seasons, followed by two seasons with the Washington Mystics, after which she joined the Dream in 2011. Originally from Mobile, Ala., Harding majored in sociology at Duke University, studied acting in Los Angeles, and is currently a member of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team.

The recipients of the 2011 Bobbie Bailey Award for Athletic Excellence are:


Rebecca Arndt                                     Lassiter High School

Makensie Block                                  Woodstock High School

Hannah Deltac                                    Harrison High School

Payton Donley                                     Etowah High School

Shannon Driscoll                                 River Ridge High School

Taylor Dupes                                       North Paulding High School

Bria Epps                                             Chapel Hill High School

Amanda Fenton                                 Kennesaw Mountain High School

Tori Forrest                                         North Cobb High School

Adrienne Green                                 Cartersville High School

Sydnie Harris                                     Hiram High School

Meredith Heyer                                  Hillgrove High School

Stephanie Hicks                               Woodland High School

Cassidy Howren                               Adairsville High School

Samantha Kiblinger                       Wheeler High School

Lilly Kidane                                      East Paulding High School

Ashley Kraemer                              Paulding County High School

Dessaa Legros                               Allatoona High School

Malea Maye                                     Osborne High School

Christin Mercer                               Douglas County High School

Kelly Murphy                                  Walton High School

Alyssa Nichelson                          Creekview High School

Uduak Obot                                   South Cobb High School

Kalin Oglesby                                South Paulding High School

Pachiyaanna Roberts                  McEachern High School

Taylor Roy                                      Sequoyah High School

Keyanna Russell                           Pebblebrook High School

Molly Schenck                               Pope High School

Alyse Scott                                     The Walker School

Tika Slay                                        Alexander High School

Silken Solomon                           Cass High School

Courtney Sprague                       Marietta High School

Alexa Walker                                Lithia Springs High School

Bree Wells                                    Cherokee High School

Kendell Williams                         Kell High School

Monti Willis                                   Campbell High School

Blair Winston                               Sprayberry High School

Christina Young                          BlazeSports Georgia


For further information contact Susan Whitlock at 770-423-6622 or


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