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BU hosts Sixth Annual “Celebrating Women’s Athletics Luncheon”  Over 540 guests attend event

• Over 540 guests attend Sixth Annual Celebrating Women's Athletics Luncheon

February 9, 2011

BU hosts Sixth Annual “Celebrating Women’s Athletics Luncheon”  Over 540 guests attend event

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VESTAL, N.Y.— Olympic and World Cup Soccer champion Julie Foudy was the guest speaker at the Sixth Annual Bearcats Celebrating Women’s Athletics Luncheon on Monday afternoon at the Events Center. The luncheon, which is held each year to recognize the achievements of Binghamton University’s female student-athletes, attracted over 540 guests—a record turnout for the event.

In the five previous years, the event has raised over $70,000 to support the BUAC Women’s Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was established in 2007 and is awarded annually to a deserving female student-athlete. The luncheon began in 2006 with just 75 attendees, and is today one of the athletics department’s primary fundraisers.

“I am excited to be here,” Foudy said. “It is great that you do this every year. One of the reasons why I am a long-time advocate of Title IX is because of all the things young girls and women can learn about life by having a chance to be involved in sports. I had the opportunity to be surrounded by amazing women and I learned so much from them.”

Speaking on behalf of the BU female student-athletes, senior swimmer Amanda Ciccone expressed similar sentiments.

“Being a female athlete at Binghamton is both a privilege and an honor,” she said. “It has taught all of us lessons for life after college.”

“We have an awful lot to be proud of with our women’s teams,” Binghamton interim Athletic Director Jim Norris said. “All of our coaches and student-athletes embrace the core values of integrity, excellence and service.”

The luncheon is held each February as part of a series of national celebratory events surrounding National Girls and Women in Sports Day. National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) began in 1986 as a day to honor the achievements of all female athletes and recognize the positive influence of sports participation.

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