Lindenhurst Middle School recently celebrated National Girls and Women in Sports Day with a special breakfast for seventh- and eighth-grade female student-athletes. This was the 18th year the breakfast was held at the Lindenhurst Middle School in honor of the student-athletes. Andrea Curran, a former physical education teacher at the school, established the program in 1999.
This year’s guest speaker was Diane Josefson, a Lindenhurst graduate, teacher and coach, who shared with the girls her experiences as an athlete and discussed the ways in which sports helped shape her life.
“I’ve been involved in athletics in Lindenhurst for over 40 years,” said Josefson. “Being involved in sports allowed me to form great friendships with my teammates and develop pride in my school and community. Your involvement in athletics teaches you to be strong, proud and confident, and I want you all to stick with it.”
NGWSD is a nationwide celebration that incorporates community-based events, ceremonies and activities honoring the achievements, as well as encouraging participation of girls and young women in sports. This year’s celebration marks the 31st annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day and the 45th anniversary of the signing of Title IX law which prevents the denial of anyone from being included in any federally-funded educational activity or program based on sex. The theme of this year’s celebration was Expanding Opportunities: The Power of Play.