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Feb 3 is National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Published: Feb. 4, 2021 at 12:01 AM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - February 3rd is National girls and women in sports day, an opportunity to recognize women’s contribution to sports.

Sheila Boles is a pioneer in sports in the city of Wilmington and the state, the gym at Hoggard High School bears her name. In 1989, Boles was named the first female in North Carolina to coach a boys varsity basketball team. And later, she became the Hoggard’s first female athletic director. Women have continued to make progress in her lifetime.

“Now we have women coaching in the NFL and the NBA,” said Boles. “Women are officiating in the NBA, officiating in the NFL. It’s been amazing to watch it all transpire.”

Boles enjoys watching the women who have followed her in breaking down barriers. She sometimes wonders what it would be like to enjoy those benefits today. “I would love to know what it would be to be, like, about ten years old right now and having those opportunities that exist today, because it’s really special.”

For UNCW Senior Associate Athletic Director Tiffany Tucker, this is a day to celebrate those who paved the way for her to enjoy a successful career as a basketball player and coach. It’s also a chance to let today’s athletes know there are opportunities. Tucker hosted an online leadership summit with women in different roles in college athletics.

“Today means that little girls get to step on the big stage,” said Tucker. “Today for me...it’s a reminder of when I wore uniform and what that meant to me. Someone gave me an opportunity. I had parents who cheered me on, who yielded and sacrificed for me to have an opportunity to play, whether that was AAU or it was going off to college.”

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