Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 is National Girls & Women in Sports Day! "This year marks the 32nd anniversary of annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, a national observance celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports."  "#NGWSD celebrates the importance of fair play, building awareness about Title IX and working together toward its promise of equal opportunity in sports. Play Fair, Play IX!" -National Girls & Women in Sports Day.  Sacramento State Athletics is proud of the level that its student-athletes compete at and joins #NGWSD in celebrating and appreciating women in sports.  Current Women's Soccer Hornet student-athletes shared their thoughts on sport and what it means to be or have been a part of a NCAA Division I program.

Kayla Collins, Sr. - Soccer
"Being in sports since a young age has helped me develop a very unique outlook on life that I don't believe I would have had otherwise. This outlook has helped me to see the value in working hard towards a goal and to appreciate the connections I've made through struggling alongside my teammates. It's not an experience that can be recreated outside of a sport."

"There is such a small percentage of women who get to experience being part of a team competing at this level. You know that everyone around you has worked hard to be where they are and are held to the same expectations. It's difficult, it's time consuming, and it's not always fun, but you're going through it together and someone will always be there if you need help."

Amanda Mielke, Sr. - Soccer
"Sports have shaped my life in a huge way. Almost everything I do revolves around being an athlete whether its the connections I have made, the way I manage my life, or the life lessons that I will use forever."

"To be included in the small percentage of collegiate woman athletes is an awesome accomplishment. Everyday we are able to inspire young girls that their goals can be achieved through sports even though its a male dominated industry. As the years go on there are more and more women participating in sports which is very rewarding to see such a huge impact being made."

Chelsea Arnold, Sr. - Soccer
"Participating in sports throughout my life is one of the leading factors in shaping who I am today.  Sports have taught me important life lessons and skills and have given me experiences that I believe are invaluable.  I have learned from and had the privilege of playing with so many individuals and I truly think that the relationships built on and off the field with teammates are one’s unlike any other."

"It isn't something that you think about on a daily basis, but being a female collegiate athlete is extremely special and something that I am very grateful to experience.  To have the opportunity to compete at this level in a sport is incredible, and is an opportunity that many young women in other countries never get the chance to do."