Feb. 5, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In continuing the true Seminole athletic tradition, Women’s Sportsfest 2002, sponsored by the Seminole Boosters, the Committee of Thirty and the Florida State University Athletics Department, will be held the weekend of February 8-10. This year’s event will feature the Tarpon Club and Swimming and Diving.
This year’s keynote speaker at the Sunday brunch will be athletic pioneer, accomplished author, television personality and an inductee into the National Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, Mariah Burton Nelson. Nelson, a renowned professional speaker on the topic of female athletics, has been awarded numerous awards and is a favorite guest on such television shows as “Larry King Live,” “Primetime” and “Dateline.”
In conjunction, Florida State will celebrate the 16th Annual National Girls and Women In Sports Day on Saturday, February 9, 2002. In addition to the many FSU sporting events happening on Saturday, including the women’s basketball game vs. Wake Forest at 2 p.m., a special pre-game event for 200 girls, ages eighth grade and under, will take place one hour prior to the game. The event will provide young girls with an opportunity to learn about women’s sports, have lunch and meet FSU student-athletes, cheerleaders and more.
Highlighting the event will be a visit from former Lady Seminole, Barbara Harris, Editor-in-Chief at Shape Magazine. Harris, who lettered in volleyball at Florida State from 1974-77, will talk to the young participants about career opportunities for women, Shape Magazine, and the importance of female participation in sports. Harris remains very involved with women’s athletics at Florida State and was honored as a “Grad Made Good,” during Homecoming ceremonies in 1999.
Amy Magnuson, Florida State Department of Athletics Staff Nutritionist, will also participate in the NGWSD event, along with the FSU cheerleaders and several female student-athletes.
The FSU women’s basketball program will also hold its annual Alumni Game following the Seminoles contest with the Demon Deacons on Saturday afternoon.