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2011 APSU Celebrates Women in Athletics, April 8-9

It’s time to laud all current and former female athletes at Austin Peay State University, and for that endeavor, a new event is planned to recognize the growth of women’s sports and raise funds for a new endowment.

For the inaugural year, the 2011 Austin Peay Celebrates Women in Athletics, scheduled for April 8-9, will spotlight the 25th anniversary of the Lady Govs softball program. In addition, the softball field will be named in honor of Cheryl Holt, a longtime coach and assistant athletic director at APSU.

It’s time to laud all current and former female athletes at Austin Peay State University, and for that endeavor, a new event is planned to recognize the growth of women’s sports and raise funds for a new endowment.

For the inaugural year, the 2011 Austin Peay Celebrates Women in Athletics, scheduled for April 8-9, will spotlight the 25th anniversary of the Lady Govs softball program. In addition, the softball field will be named in honor of Cheryl Holt, a longtime coach and assistant athletic director at APSU.

Each year, the Women in Athletics event will focus specifically on one sport and/or milestone. The goal is to celebrate women’s achievements in athletics and raise money for the women’s athletic programs.

This year’s event is co-chaired by APSU alumnae Susan Cole (’86), who starred on the first Lady Govs softball team and was on the basketball team, and Nancy Howell (’70), a tennis player for the Lady Govs.

The schedule includes a number of activities April 8-9:

Celebration of Women’s Athletics dinner

6:30 p.m., Friday, April 8, floor of the Dunn Center

            The dinner will feature guest speaker Lin Dunn, current WNBA head coach of the Indiana Fever and former APSU head coach of women’s basketball, volleyball and tennis from 1970-77. APSU coaches, staff, former players, Hall of Famers and Governors fans and supporters are invited. Limited space is available, and reservations are required. Tickets are $40 per person, $75 per couple. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 931-221-7761.

Walk to Celebrate Women

9 a.m., Saturday, April 9, begin and end on Drane Street next to the Dunn Center

            Individuals and teams are invited to walk around the APSU campus to help raise awareness and funds for APSU women’s athletic programs. Fun walk T-shirts will be given to those who preregister. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to register, call 931-221-7024 or 931-221-7615.

Tailgate Brunch

10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 9, softball field

            Prior to the Lady Govs softball doubleheader, a tent will be set up for APSU fans. Drinks and light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the tent prior to the event.

 Softball field naming and 25th anniversary celebration

 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9, softball field

            The softball field will be named in honor of Cheryl Holt, a longtime coach and assistant athletic director at APSU.

  Lady Govs softball against OVC rival Murray State in doubleheader

 1 p.m., Saturday, April 9, Cheryl Holt Softball Field

            In conjunction with the weekend events, the Women’s Athletic Endowment to support financially women’s athletics at APSU will be launched. To make a donation or pledge to help support the endowment, call Chrissy Booth in the APSU Office of University Advancement, 931-221-7130. -- Melony Shemberger