CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami Athletics announced Friday that its third annual Celebration of Women’s Athletics event on Sunday, February 12, at the Watsco Center Fieldhouse is officially sold out for the first time in the history of the event.
The event honors current Miami female student-athletes from each of UM’s nine women’s programs for excellence on the playing field, as well as in the classroom and community. Former Hurricanes women’s basketball standout and current Mayor of Dania Beach, Fla., Tamara James, will be this year’s keynote speaker.
All proceeds from the event go to the Edna Shalala Women’s Athletics Fund, which provides UM female student-athletes with first-class opportunities to compete, study and prepare themselves for life after athletics. Former UM President Donna Shalala pledged a major gift to the fund, matching all gifts up to $100,000 for the CWA.
“We are truly excited for the growth of this event and the tremendous support we have received from our Board of Trustees, athletic supporters and campus community,” Deputy Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator Jennifer Strawley said. “Sunday will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the excellence of our female student-athletes with our entire Miami community.”
The event starts with an awards brunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Watsco Center Fieldhouse, followed by Miami’s women’s basketball game against ACC rival Clemson at 2 p.m. The Hurricanes are currently 18-6 and ranked 16th in the Associated Press poll.
For more information on the CWA, please visit hurricanesports.com. For more information on the Edna Shalala Women’s Athletics Fund please visit www.miami.edu/ednacshalalafund.