An all-sports clinic and a presentation by Beth Bass, former chief executive officer of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), will highlight Saint Leo University athletics’ annual recognition of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
Saint Leo’s events will be held Saturday, February 6, starting with an all-sports clinic for elementary and middle school students at noon at the Turf Stadium. This event will expose participants to a variety of sports, and will be taught by Saint Leo’s women student-athletes.
The clinic will conclude at 1:45 p.m., and each participant and one parent will receive free admission to the Saint Leo University basketball doubleheader against Lynn University starting at 2 p.m. Check-in for the clinic starts at 11:30 p.m. at the Turf Stadium.
“Any time we can bring young people onto campus and expose them to not just the opportunities available to them through athletics, but the campus atmosphere as a whole, is a win-win for Saint Leo and our community,” said Michelle Edwards, Saint Leo’s associate athletics director and senior woman administrator. “We are excited to invite our local kids to become part of the Lions family. We’ve brought some amazing nationally-prominent speakers in the past, now we get to share that experience with a much larger audience.”
At halftime of the women’s basketball, Bass will briefly speak on the theme of building self-esteem through sport: “Being a Natural-born Champion, Just as You Are.”
Bass served with the WBCA from 1997 to 2014, and was the second CEO in the organization’s history from 2001 until her departure in 2014. While with the WBCA, she was instrumental in the launch of the “Think Pink” campaign for breast cancer awareness, now known as the WBCA Pink Zone.
In addition to managing an organization with over 5,000 members and an annual budget of $3 million, Bass oversaw the WBCA’s external affairs as the group forged partnerships with the NCAA, WNBA, the Women’s Sports Foundation, and USA Basketball. She previously served as a sports marketing executive with Nike and Converse, and served on the boards of USA Basketball, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
A 1984 graduate of East Tennessee State University, she received a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1986 while serving as a graduate assistant for marketing and promotion in the Lady Vols’ athletics department.
Following the women’s game, a reception will be held on the lawn adjacent to the breezeway entrance to the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
For more information about Saint Leo’s activities for National Girls and Women in Sport Day, please contact Erin Mykleby, assistant athletics director for marketing, fundraising, and community engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (352) 588-8223.
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