Girls and Women in Sport Day

Girls and Women in Sport Day

National Girls and Women in Sports Day was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to honor female athletic achievement and recognize the importance of sport and fitness participation for all girls and women.

Girls and Women in Sport Day became a national celebration in 1987.  It is a day set aside to honor all of the female athletes on all levels.  The first national honoree was volleyball player and women’s equality advocate, Florence Hyman (who died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan) for whom the day has become a special honor.

The Massachusetts Celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, sponsored by New Agenda- Northeast, began in 1988.  Two female athletes and a coach or athletic director from every high school in the state was invited to Boston for a day of honor and motivation.  First held at the State House in the House of Representative chamber and then in the Gardner Auditorium, the event grew too large to be hosted there.  A celebration was held at Boston University in 1996, and then moved to Faneuil Hall in Boston, in 1997, where it has been ever since.  The move from the state house also strengthened the partnership between New Agenda: Northeast and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).  Currently the MIAA runs the event with support from the New Agenda- Northeast organization. Keynote speakers at this event have included Pat Summitt, Cathy Inglese, Mary Pratt, Kathy Delaney Smith, as well as recognized journalists and businesswomen.


Feb. 3, 1988 – House Chambers, Boston
Jane Blalock

Feb. 4, 1989 – House Chambers, Boston
Rive Nestor

Feb 5, 1990 – House Chambers, Boston
Mimi Murray

Feb. 6, 1991 – House Chambers, Boston
Jane Blalock

Feb 7, 1992 – Gardener Auditorium, Boston
Pat Head Summit

Feb 5, 1993 – Gardener Auditorium, Boston
Jean Driscoll

Feb 4, 1994 – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Mary Ellen Clark

Feb. 3, 1995 – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Barbara Stevens

Feb. 2, 1996 – Case Center, Boston University
Cathy Inglese

Feb. 4, 1997 – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Mary Pratt

Feb. 4, 1998 – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Christine Basile

Feb. 7, 1999 – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Kathy Delaney Smith

Feb 4, 2000 – Faneuil Hall, Boston 
Sara Behn

Feb. 4, 2001 – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Sharon Barbano

Feb. 7, 2002 – Faneuil Hall, Boston 
Karen Smyers

Feb. 1, 2003 – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Dorothy Franco Reid

Feb. 1, 2004 – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Jennifer Walker

Feb. 6, 2005 – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Monique Maye

Feb. 2, 2006 – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Denise Desautels

Feb. 2, 2007 – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Nancy O’Neil

Feb. 1, 2008 – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Karissa Niehoff

Feb. 6, 2009 – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Jackie MacMullan

Feb. 5, 2010 – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Mary Mazzio

Feb. 4, 2011 – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Kristen Holmes-Winn

Feb. 3, 2012 – Faneuil Hall, Boston 
Kristine Lilly

Feb. 1 2013 – Faneuil Hall, Boston 
Any Latimer

Feb. 7, 2014 – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Martha Coakley

April 3, 2015 (ppd – snow) – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Maura Healey

March 23, 2016 (ppd – snow) – Faneuil Hall, Boston
Maura Driscoll

Feb. 3, 2017 – Faneuil Hall, Boston – Geneva “Gevvie” Stone

May 15, 2018 (ppd – FH repairs) – Gillette Stadium, Foxboro – Sarah McKenna

Feb. 1, 2019 – Faneuill Hall, Boston – Karissa Niehoff