Idaho State University National Girls and Women in Sports Day events set Feb. 19-20

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Reed Gymnasium.

This is the 17th year ISU has hosted this event.

ISU’s celebration will include free admission to the ISU Women’s Basketball game versus Southern Utah University for the first 300 kindergarten through fifth-grade girls and boys. Reduced admission of $3 is available for accompanying adults. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 300 kids, compliments of Portneuf Medical Center.

At the game’s halftime, the 2016 Trailblazer Award will be presented to Pauline Thiros, ISU associate vice president of development who has served in the Foundation Office since 1997.

Thiros has been actively involved in athletics throughout her life. She was a member of the Idaho State University volleyball team and currently coaches multiple club and high school volleyball teams. She is the winningest coach in Idaho 4A high school volleyball history with a record of 282-35 and boasts even straight district championships and six consecutive state titles. This award, given annually, recognizes a woman with affiliation to ISU who has provided significant leadership and mentorship to women in sport.

Following the game, ISU female athletes from various sports will host an autograph session along with Benny the Bengal.

Karen Hartman, assistant professor in the ISU James E. Rogers Department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion, will deliver the National Girls and Women in Sports Day keynote address 4 p.m. Feb. 19 in the College of Education Auditorium.

Hartman will present on her chapter titled ESPN’s Mythological Rhetoric of Title IX. Hartman’s article analyzes gender representations in ESPN’s 40th anniversary of Title IX. Title IX, part of the 1972 Education Amendments, prohibits sex discrimination and mandates equal educational and sporting opportunities. Her article identifies how ESPN’s campaign represented women athletes as achieving the full benefits of the law. Hartman contrasts this with research showing that Title IX is not generally enforced and up to 80 percent of educational institutions are in non-compliance.

This national day has been proclaimed by Congress every year since 1987, and is honored annually in the month of February. It recognizes the progress of girls and women in sports, and the benefits that sport and fitness activities can bring to the lives of all girls and women. “Leading the Way” is the national theme for this year’s day and serves to acknowledge the importance of sport participation for women and girls.

For more information call the ISU Department of Sport Science and Physical Education at (208) 282-2657 or email