Former Wildcat softball player and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch will speak at halftime of the Arizona women’s basketball game this Saturday, Feb. 26, as part of National Women in Sport Day.
National Women In Sport Day is a celebration and recognition for female athletes all over the country and their struggle for equality in sports.
Arizona Athletics is celebrating this special day with the following activities:
¨ At 2 p.m., there will be an all-sport clinic for female youth (high school age and younger) conducted by Wildcat coaches and student-athletes. Cost for youth is $4 and includes admission to the game. Sports represented in the all-sport clinic include volleyball, soccer, basketball, track and field, strength and conditioning, cheerleading and athletic training.
¨ At halftime, a special ceremony will be presented by Senior Associate Athletics Director Rocky LaRose, Finch and Laura Penny of the Women’s Sport Foundation. The ceremony will include a speech from Finch regarding the benefits of participating in sport, her Olympic experience and her memories at the UA. In addition, the female youth who participated in the all-sport clinic earlier that afternoon will be recognized.
¨ After the game, the Arizona student-athletes who conducted the all-sport clinic will be on hand to sign autographs.
A three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association first team All-American, Finch holds the NCAA record for consecutive wins with 60. She was the 2001 and 2002 Honda Award winner for softball as the nation’s top player.
For more information, or to register a team or group for the clinic, contact Ryan Eklund at (520) 621-9399.