The YWCA Santa Monica/Westside will celebrate the 21st Annual “National Girls and Women in Sports Day” from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 4th.

The event includes motivational speeches by professional and collegiate athletes, sports skills and drills activities for gymnastics, martial arts, volleyball and fitness demonstrations. Approximately 150 sixth-grade girls from John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica are scheduled to attend.

Congress chartered Women in Sports Day in 1986 to honor female athletic achievement and recognize the importance of sports and fitness participation for all girls and women. The event began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her efforts to assure equality for women’s sports.

The day has evolved into an event to commemorate past and current sports accomplishments, promote participation in sports and fitness and acknowledge the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

National Women in Sports Day is celebrated in all 50 states.

For 78 years, the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside has provided community service programs to women and children in more than ten Westside communities.