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Events planned to celebrate women in athletics

By ALEXANDRA WHITE | Staff Writer

The college experience for many is centered around the dorms, getting adjusted to living away from the parents and attending sporting events.

While it is easy to get wrapped up in college life, many forget the hard work and effort that goes into making sporting events possible.

Most people forget about the work athletes put in to each sport.

APSU is celebrating some women’s athletics on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, in “Austin Peay Celebrates Women in Athletics.”

By creating events on each of these days, APSU will gain recognition for its female athletes to help and support the current programs.

The first event, held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 9, is a Celebration of Women’s Athletics Dinner at the Dunn Center. Tickets are on sale for $40 per person or $75 per couple.

Coaches, staff, former players, fans and Hall of Famers will attend the a dinner recognizing all the accomplishments the female programs have made at APSU.

The dinner is also set to feature guest speaker Lin Dunn. Dunn is currently the WNBA head coach for the Indiana Fever and a former former women’s basketball, volleyball, and tennis coach from 1970-1977. Reservations are required because space is limited.

The next event scheduled for 9 a.m., Saturday, April 9, is a walk to celebrate women.

Participants are encouraged to create their own team to help walk around campus to help raise awareness and funds for the women’s athletics programs.

The walk will begin on Drane Street next to the Dunn Center and end in the same location. Participants will be able to pre-register and check in between 8:30-9 a.m. and will receive a T-shirt.

If interested in creating a team or signing up, please contact University Advancement at 221-7024.

A tailgate brunch will be served after the walk at 10:30 a.m.

Prior to the softball game, there will be a tent set up for fans with drinks and refreshments.

Tickets for the tent will be $5 and will be available prior to the event.

At 12:30 p.m. the softball field naming and 25th anniversary celebration will kick off and will culminate with the naming of the softball field for longtime coach and assistant athletic director, Cheryl Holt.

After the naming, the softball team hosts OVC rival Murray State in a doubleheader.

The celebration will also incorporate the announcement of the Women’s Athletic Endowment to support the Women’s Athletic Program.

To make a donation or pledge to launch this endowment please contact Chrissy Booth at 931-221-7130. TAS

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