Celebrating Female Athletes

In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, GSB Athletics honored Hayley Armstrong '21, a standout three-sport athlete, captain, and scholar. Today the Ithaca women's lax commit visited our Middle School Town Meeting virtually to share some sports-minded advice.

For Hayley, athletics at GSB proved an integral part of her overall education. "I learned life lessons, like being patient and working as a team," she said. "I'll be playing lacrosse in college, and I'll use the lessons I learned in Middle School sports. There are so many opportunities at GSB; take advantage of them and try everything. When I first played lacrosse, I hated it, and now I'm taking it to the next level."

As for staying active during the winter, she suggested anything that breaks a sweat. "I stay active with YouTube HIIT (high interval intensity training) videos in my basement," she said. "I also play soccer with my family and run at the track. Move around and get your heart rate up!"

A well-rounded athlete, Hayley started at a young age by participating in sports programs now open to girls, like lacrosse, softball, basketball, and soccer. Today a wide range of these opportunities exist thanks to Title IX, a federal civil rights law passed on Feb. 3, 1972, that protects from discrimination based on sex in educational programs or activities that receive Federal assistance. This crucial legislation expanded opportunities in sports for women and girls. For the past 35 years, the annual National Women and Girls in Sports Day honors female athletes and promotes equality in sports.

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