National Girls and Women in Sports Day started in 1987 as a way to remember Olympic volleyball player, Flo Hyman, for her athletic achievements and dedication to supporting and promoting equality for women sports. Hyman sadly passed away the year prior in 1986 from Marfan’s Syndrome. This day of celebration has continued in her honor and is now recognized across the country every February 3rd.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day also recognizes the progress made by the Title IX amendment passed in 1972 and connects premier organizations and elite female athletes to bring national attention to the promise of girls and women in sports.”
Flo Hyman #7 of the United States Olympics Women’s Volleyball Team poses for this portrait circa 1984. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)