Release: November 21, 2008
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4th Annual "Celebrating
Women in Sports Athletics Luncheon" to be held Feb. 2
Gold Medal Winning Softball Star Jessica Mendoza to be featured
VESTAL, N.Y.--Lourdes Hospital
and Binghamton University Athletics will host the 4th Annual
Lourdes/ Bearcats Celebrating Women's Athletics Luncheon at noon
on Monday, February 2, 2009, at the Binghamton University Events
Held each year to recognize the achievements of Binghamton University's
female student-athletes, the luncheon also raises awareness of
the benefits of collegiate athletic competition.
As a former athlete, I am very committed to supporting
womens sports, said Binghamton University President
Lois B. DeFleur. Studies demonstrate a definite link between
womens athletic participation and leadership qualities.
Young women learn focus and discipline as well as the important
balance between cooperation and competition, which all contribute
to their future success. But perhaps most important is that athletics
encourages girls and women to be risk takers. And taking risks
is an important part of developing our full potential-- and a
crucial characteristic of good leadership.
"Lourdes is proud to join Binghamton University again this
year in its commitment to our area's female athletes, said
John D. O'Neil, president and CEO of Lourdes Hospital. We
share the University's mission to nurture the mind, body and
spirit of young women and are pleased to be a part of this event.
The event, which attracted 300 campus and community leaders and
supporters last year, raised over $20,000 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.
Binghamton University Athletic Club President Patty Bloomer said,
Binghamton University is an outstanding center of higher learning
and the Binghamton University Athletic Club has long supported
our student athletes. For the past several years, the Womens
Committee of the BUAC has been particularly proud to present
our Celebrating Womens Athletics Luncheon to
raise money to pay for scholarships for our female student athletes.
It is my pleasure to urge you to attend this lively occasion
which features great food, great speakers and a fine opportunity
for you to continue to provide for scholarships for our first-rate
This year, Olympian and president-elect of the Womens Sports
Foundation, Jessica Mendoza, will be the guest speaker
at the luncheon. Mendoza is an All-American softball player who
won a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and won silver at
the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She was a four-time first team All-American
at Stanford University from 1999-2002 and was named Softball
player of the year in 2006. Mendoza was an ESPN commentator for
the 2007 and 2008 Womens College World Series and also
represented the United States as an Athlete Ambassador for Team
Darfur, helping to create awareness for the ongoing crisis in
this region of Sudan.
I am thrilled to come to Binghamton University to not only
share, but celebrate the importance of female athletics,
Luncheon attendees will have the opportunity to meet current
Bearcats student-athletes and coaches from the women's teams,
hear current and former Binghamton University student-athletes
speak about the role athletics has played in their development,
careers and life, and bid on terrific auction items.
The luncheon, which is open to the public, 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. Tickets are $35. Contact Linda Reynolds
at 607-777-4558 for more information.
For sponsorship information, contact Bette Anne Gaube at 607-
777-2093 or Michael Kalinich at 607- 777-4211