Cavalier Corner

April 2023

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APRIL 2023 5 snapshot HONORING THE FIRST In mid-February, the Virginia athletics department hosted its annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, an event that has been held since 1996 in collaboration with the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center. The occasion brings national attention to the achievements of female athletes and to issues facing girls and women in sport. This year's theme was "Half a Century of Opportunity. Half a Century of Excellence." Letter winners from the first three varsity women's teams at the University of Virginia were honored at a pregame recep- tion and during halftime of the women's basketball contest versus Duke. Those teams competed during the 1973-74 academic year. That year, 12 women lettered in field hockey, seven in basketball and six in tennis. There was enough interest in the sport for there to be A and B squads in field hockey, and varsity and junior varsity teams for basketball. This season, field hockey, basketball and tennis are fielding their 50th teams from those humble beginnings. With the addition of squash in 2017, UVA's initial three-sport women's athletics program has grown to 14 teams made up of 320 female student-athletes. — Jim Daves/Photos by Matt Riley/courtesy UVA

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