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GROTON — In honor of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the Groton-Dunstable Athletic Department will host its 11th annual celebration honoring female athletes from the past, present and future on Friday, Feb. 2, 2007 as the GDRHS girls’ basketball teams host Oakmont and Quabbin Regional High Schools.

That morning, two female GDRHS student-athletes will be honored at a statewide celebration in Faneuil Hall. Ashley Alnwick, Meredith Roberts and coach Melissa Hult will attend this ceremony recognizing selected high school female athletes from across the Commonwealth.

As in the past, we will celebrate the outstanding female student-athletes of tomorrow, and feature exhibition games made up from the Groton-Dunstable Youth Basketball League. The games will take place at halftime of the freshman game, prior to the start of the junior varsity game, and at halftime of the junior varsity game. These girls, grades four through eight, are the young women who will grow up to become the outstanding student-athletes of the future, and it is with great pride that we present them to you.

Prior to the start of the varsity basketball game, there will be a short address by Kristen Kinneen, Groton-Dunstable physical education teacher and former coach. Kristen is our 2007 National Girls and Women in Sport Celebration honoree. Kristen initiated and organized the first GWS in 1996 when it was first called “Take a Girl to the Game” and has continued to be the primary contributor to the program over the past 11 years. After joining the staff in 1994 as a teacher, Kristen coached three sports each school year until 2002. She is a friendly and familiar face to all and is a wonderful role model for all student-athletes.

On Thursday, Feb. 1 2007, members of the high school girls varsity basketball team, cheerleading squad, and ski racing team will visit classes at Swallow Union, Florence Roche, and Prescott Elementary Schools, as well as the Groton-Dunstable Middle School, to promote the “Girls and Women in Sports Night” festivities. The team representatives will talk with students about participation in athletics and will be distributing special badges. Girls and boys are encouraged to wear their badges to the home girls freshman (4:00), the junior varsity (5:30), and the varsity (7:00) games against Oakmont/Quabbin on Feb. 2. Any student wearing a badge that evening will be admitted to the game for a reduced rate of $1.00.

It is with great pleasure that we recognize Kristen Kinneen, our female student-athletes, and the members of the GDYBL on National Girls and Women in Sports Day. It is hoped that this evening of celebration will help to continue to bring a new and expanded audience of young student-athletes to athletic events.

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