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APSU celebrates the first Women in Athletics event

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – It’s time to laud all current and former female athletes at Austin Peay State University, and for that endeavor, a new event is planned to recognize the growth of women’s sports and raise funds for a new endowment.

For the inaugural year, the 2011 Austin Peay Celebrates Women in Athletics, scheduled for April 8th-9th, will spotlight the 25th anniversary of the Lady Govs softball program. In addition, the softball field will be named in honor of Cheryl Holt, a longtime coach and assistant athletic director at APSU.

Women in Athletics

Each year, the Women in Athletics event will focus specifically on one sport and/or milestone. The goal is to celebrate women’s achievements in athletics and raise money for the women’s athletic programs.

This year’s event is co-chaired by APSU alumnae Susan Cole (’86), who starred on the first Lady Govs softball team and was on the basketball team, and Nancy Howell (’70), a tennis player for the Lady Govs.

The schedule includes a number of activities April 8th-9th:

Celebration of Women’s Athletics dinner
6:30pm, Friday, April 8th, floor of the Dunn Center

The dinner will feature guest speaker Lin Dunn, current WNBA head coach of the Indiana Fever and former APSU head coach of women’s basketball, volleyball and tennis from 1970-77. APSU coaches, staff, former players, Hall of Famers and Governors fans and supporters are invited. Limited space is available, and reservations are required. Tickets are $40.00 per person, $75.00 per couple. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 931-221-7761.

Walk to Celebrate Women
9:00am, Saturday, April 9th, begin and end on Drane Street next to the Dunn Center

Individuals and teams are invited to walk around the APSU campus to help raise awareness and funds for APSU women’s athletic programs. Fun walk T-shirts will be given to those who preregister. Check-in is at 8:30am. For more information or to register, call 931-221-7024 or 931-221-7615.

Tailgate Brunch
10:30am, Saturday, April 9th, softball field

Prior to the Lady Govs softball doubleheader, a tent will be set up for APSU fans. Drinks and light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $5.00 and will be available at the tent prior to the event.

Softball field naming and 25th Anniversary Celebration
12:30pm, Saturday, April 9th, Softball Field

The softball field will be named in honor of Cheryl Holt, a longtime coach and assistant athletic director at APSU.

Lady Govs softball against OVC rival Murray State in doubleheader
1:00pm, Saturday, April 9th, Cheryl Holt Softball Field

In conjunction with the weekend events, the Women’s Athletic Endowment to support financially women’s athletics at APSU will be launched. To make a donation or pledge to help support the endowment, call Chrissy Booth in the APSU Office of University Advancement, 931-221-7130.

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