Wednesday: Game at noon, preceded by multi-sport clinic.
DURHAM — Looking for a school vacation week activity that beats the cold and outdoor weather for a few hours?
Head coach Maureen Magarity and the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team will celebrate Girls and Women in Sports Day at its Play4Kay game against the University at Albany on Wednesday.
The game begins at noon at Lundholm Gymnasim and the fun starts about an hour before that.
A multi-sports clinic before the game and an ice cream social, sponsored by Hood, after the game will be included as part of the festivities, all designed to entertain and showcase and embrace the opportunities available to girls in the world of athletics.
Members of several UNH’s women’s athletics teams, soccer and track & field among them, will participate and conduct hands-on clinics and be available to answer questions from 11-11:45 a.m. in the Paul Sweet Oval, which is UNH’s indoor track & field facility.
The mini-clinics are designed for girls from kindergarten through eighth grade and are free with the purchase of a ticket to the UAlbany-UNH game.
Participants are urged to register in advance at www.unhwildcats.com/NGWSD.
UNH coaches and athletes are excited about the mini-clinics and the chance to interact with young fans and athletes.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to have young athletes from the area come in and get exposure to our athletes who are competing at the highest level,” said Amanda Bowes, associate head coach for women’s soccer. “Our athletes were once the fifth graders at the local clinic at the local college and went through the same thing. It’s a great chance for them and also a great opportunity for our student athletes to give back to the local community, a community that supports us so well and is at a lot of our games.”
Jacky Mendes, assistant coach with the men’s and women’s track & field programs, said members of the women’s team will work with the young athletes with turbo javelins and mini hurdles.
“We’re the largest women’s sport on campus and it’s important for us to give back and it’s important to help the youth learn more about what track and field is,” Mendes said. “You can’t go wrong with track. There’s something for everybody and we can give a little variety with that. A little bit of throwing and hurdling will be fun. Track and field is different than any other sport and there are so many things you can try and this might spark some interest in looking into it over the summer or through their schools.”
A turbo jav is a smaller, plastic version of the real thing.
“You throw it at the youth level,” Mendes said. “You can throw it inside. When you’re a kid you don’t throw a real jav, you throw this. It’s fun just to get to try it and see this is something you can do. Everybody likes to throw stuff.”
An ice cream social will be held for all participants in the lobby of Lundholm Gymnasium after the game.
The game is also a Play4Kay game to promote breast cancer awareness and benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in honor of the late Kay Yow, women’s basketball coach at North Carolina State.