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Women's Basketball: CLC offering free admission to Wednesday's game

Central Lakes College is celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day by inviting area students to attend a women's basketball game for free. Any area student, regardless of age, will get in free to the 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, women's ...

Central Lakes College is celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day by inviting area students to attend a women's basketball game for free.

Any area student, regardless of age, will get in free to the 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, women's basketball game against Mesabi Range at CLC's Brainerd campus gym.

NGWSD is a day to celebrate the extraordinary achievements in girls and women's sports and the positive influence athletic participation brings to their lives. NGWSD recognizes the ongoing effort towards equality and access for women in sports and the nation's commitment to expand sport and participation opportunities for all girls and future generations.

"As a person who has benefited from Title IX, and from participation in athletics, I am happy to celebrate NGWSD," said CLC head volleyball coach Jane Peterson, who was recently named American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year. "I am grateful for those who paved the way for my own experience as a competitor and teammate and leader.

"There are so many things that being involved in competitive athletics has taught me and provided for me: resilience, confidence, teamwork, leadership, communication skills, relationship building, and for me, thankfully, a career.

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"There is no better way to encourage young girls to participate than actually watching young women in person-competing, working hard and having fun."

Paige Wallevand

CLC volleyball

"I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to play here and have a great team experience. The school and community is extremely supportive, which makes the experience even better. Playing volleyball competitively after high school has allowed me to continue playing a sport I love."

Tanisha Beetso

CLC basketball

"To be recognized as a female athlete at CLC is an honor. Originally I am from New Mexico and coming into an entire new community, the people of CLC made my move a lot easier because of how friendly everyone was and still is. Just roaming the halls as an athlete or even just as a student you will receive a smile from everyone. It's really just a privilege to be able to represent CLC through doing what I love.

"I am grateful for my experiences because in the past two years I have grown as a person and grown closer to the people who supported us since the beginning. I've been very fortunate to gain not only teammates but lifelong sisters."

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