National Girls and Women in Sports Day Kicks Off at UTEP

Senior Charissa Ballesteros

Feb. 18, 2013

EL PASO, Texas – The University of Texas at El Paso Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department are proud to be celebrating its 14th-Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

The week kicks off with the Mayor’s Proclamation during the City Council Meeting at 8:30 a.m. MST Tuesday. Also on the docket are home events for the women’s basketball team, softball and women’s tennis, with free admission to each of them as part of the festivities.

The UTEP softball team will open up their home portion of their schedule, in conjunction with UTEP’s weeklong celebration of NGWSD.

The Miners will have four home games at Helen of Troy Field, challenging both South Dakota State and I-10 rival New Mexico State twice. Pre-game tailgates will be held both days.

To make the home opener even more special, former El Dorado High School multi-sport standout and a graduate of the California Institute of Technology, Teri Juarez, will throw out the first pitch against NM State at 1:30 p.m. MST Saturday.

Juarez had many accomplishments, both academically and athletically while at Caltech, and was recognized on the cover of the Winter 2011 edition of the NCAA Champion magazine.

The celebration continues when Mark Roberts’ tennis team plays host to Lamar at 9 a.m. MST at the El Paso Tennis Club Sunday. Pre-game donuts and fruit will be available to fans starting at 8 a.m.

UTEP’s activities surrounding NGWSD will come to a close on Feb. 28. There will be the annual Local Flo Hyman Award Banquet (invitation only) at 5 p.m. MST at the Larry K. Durham Center, Jonathan Rogers Hall of Champions, which will be highlighted by keynote speaker Deanne Vochatzer.

In 1996 Vochatzer served as the Head Women’s Olympic Track and Field Coach for the US Team in Atlanta where the US women won gold medal in both the 400m relay and 1600m relay for the first time since 1984.

Miner fans can then root on the women’s basketball team in a nationally televised contest against Rice at 7 p.m. MST.

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