Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Since the passage of Title IX in 1972, women have been guaranteed equal funding for interscholastic and intercollegiate sports. On Girls and Women in Sports Day, we honor the athletic achievements of yesterday and today of the many girls and women who participate in sports; and  

Whereas  Participation in sports is one of the most effective ways girls and women can develop self-discipline, initiative, confidence and leadership skills, regardless of background; and

Whereas Through athletics, the bonds built between girls and women can help to break down social barriers and the communication and cooperation skills developed  play a key role in the athlete’s contributions at home, at work and to society; and

Whereas  Today, more than 1,000 participants from across the Commonwealth are joining together at Faneuil Hall to celebrate girls and women in sports and athletes from our high schools will be honored for their outstanding athletic efforts and achievements,  

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim February 3rd, 2012 to be

Massachusetts Girls & Women in Sports Day 

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this second day of January, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                        
Governor of the Commonwealth      

William Francis Galvin          
Secretary of the Commonwealth 

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts