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HSU celebrates women in sports
HSU celebrates women in sports

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – Henderson State University will honor its female athletes, physical education, recreation and sports medicine majors in conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Tuesday, Feb. 1. A special program, which is open to the public, will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Garrison Center Lecture Hall.

“Females in the profession and the world of sports have come a long way,” said Rhonda Thigpen, volleyball coach and an organizer of the event. “This day is to honor them on the Henderson campus and to encourage them to continue on and make a difference in their professions.”

Dr. Sally Carder, president of National Park Community College in Hot Springs and a Henderson graduate will be the guest speaker for the program. Carder has 37 years of experience in education/training and administration at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. She taught and coached basketball, track and volleyball for five years prior to joining the Department of Education.

Carder served as director of instruction and president of Quapaw Technical Institute. She was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the 2003 merger between Garland County Community College and Quapaw. Carder served as vice-president for technical education at National Park Community College before she became president in 2005.

After earning her bachelors and masters degrees in education from Henderson, Carder completed her doctorate in adult education from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1993. She holds certifications in elementary and secondary physical education, guidance, and educational administration.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events and ceremonies honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports.

The observance began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, National Girls and Women in Sports Day has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.