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Charlottesville Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day

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Sunday, people of all ages and athletic abilities got active in Charlottesville to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The University of Virginia honored a former women's volleyball player and hosted a new activity as part of the day's festivities.

Kids got to shoot hoops and learn some moves with university athletes, but the day is about more than just playing sports. It is dedicated to spotlighting the achievements of female athletes and their commitment to lifelong leadership.

“Really I see it as an honor for all the girls that I played with in school,” said honoree Amy Griffin.

Two-time UVA women's volleyball most valuable player Amy Mitchell Griffin was at the center of this year's National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration at UVA.

“For me, it's carried over 15 years later that I'm still very involved in the program because it's something that really resonated with me from day one since I came to the school,” she said.

Griffin graduated from the university in 1998, but has stayed connected to the school's athletics program through the years.

“I really came to understand what it means to be a team member, giving back, contributing in various ways - both on and off the court - both as a volleyball player and as a student athlete.”

A handful of student athletes fostered that spirit to give back by teaching kids seven different sports at a first-ever festival held as part of the special day.

“It's not often that you have the kind of experience that you could have a volleyball student athlete show youth what to do, or how to putt a golf ball, or even just get the chance to come in here and see the facility is really important to us as we talk about our broad-based sports program,” said UVA Associate Athletic Director Todd Goodale.

Griffin says it's a program that shaped her into the woman she is today. “To see it evolve and change and the girls to be able to have new experiences, better experiences because the program has been enhanced in various ways - I'm as excited about it as the girls are,” Griffin said.

The annual event is co-sponsored by the UVA Athletics Department and Women's Center. This is the first year they've kept all the activities under one roof at the John Paul Jones Arena.

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