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New Women in Athletics endowment surpasses early campaign goal

The new Women in Athletics endowment, launched April 8, has raised more than $26,000, and pledges continue to be counted.

The endowment is part of a new effort, Austin Peay Celebrates Women in Athletics, to laud all current and former female athletes at Austin Peay State University and recognize the growth of women’s sports.

The new Women in Athletics endowment, launched April 8, has raised more than $26,000, and pledges continue to be counted.

The endowment is part of a new effort, Austin Peay Celebrates Women in Athletics, to laud all current and former female athletes at Austin Peay State University and recognize the growth of women’s sports.

For the inaugural year, the 2011 Austin Peay Celebrates Women in Athletics featured the 25th anniversary of the Lady Govs softball program. In addition, the softball field was 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.

Women in Athletics also included a women's walk on April 9, and money raised from participation entry fees will help to push the total amount beyond the $26,000 mark.

This year’s event was 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.

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