February 1 Is National Girls & Women in Sports Day

Created by Bob Helmbrecht, collection development librarian

February 1 is National Girls & Women in Sports Day. The day was first officially declared in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan as National Women in Sports Day to recognize the history of women’s athletics. It has since gone on to promote the benefits of athletics to women’s and girl’s physical and mental health, as well as success in later life.

It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution! Check out some titles from the Library’s collection about getting fit, getting strong, and improving your athletic importance.

For anyone who has considered trying a marathon, an obstacle race, or simply taking up running for the first time, Ayers is your ambassador. If she can do it, you can too.

Provides practical advice for aspiring hikers with a body-positive bent and offers personal and heartfelt stories and reviews of trails to welcome and encourage people of all body types, sizes and backgrounds to enjoy outdoor recreation.

In this game-changing guide, sports dietitian Pam Nisevich Bede explains how women are unique with regards to training, nutrition, and performance, on the road, court, field, or track.

A streamlined exercise program uniting diet advice and step-by-step exercises for women who want to train hard and lift heavy to look and feel strong.

A beginner-friendly bible for all women looking for information and inspiration to get out in the great outdoors, get fit, get healthy, and find adventure.

The ultimate roadmap for female distance runners, from two-time Olympian Molly Huddle and two-time NCAA champion Sara Slattery—featuring 50 candid interviews with women who’ve made it

Melanie and Don Fink have created a complete training guide for women triathletes with highly efficient, easy-to-follow, multi-distance training programs. 

Whether they’re beginners or seasoned shooters, women need to know some subtle (and not so subtle) differences to excel in—and enjoy—the shotgun sports.

Highlighting the most current strategies and tactics in the game today, Women’s Lacrosse is a comprehensive instructional guide for coaches and players at all levels.