Kim Smith will have her #4 jersey retired Saturday.
Feb. 6, 2007
The University of Utah Athletics Department will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on three occasions this week.
The celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day starts with the Utah men's basketball game on Wednesday night versus Colorado State. Tipoff for the Utes-Rams clash is set for 7 p.m.
In order to recognize girls and women in sport, Utah female athletes and teams will be honored and recognized at halftime for their success. In an effort to encourage younth and families to celebrate girls and women in sport, everyone under the age of 12 will receive free admission with a paying adult.
"This celebration is about the future of sport," according to Utah Associate Athletics Director Mary Bowman. "It affects more than just women and girls. We want to recognize and celebrate change and opportunities in sport. We want the youth of today to know the past and help build a better future for sport."
The celebration will then be carried into the weekend with an invitation to support the women's basketball team Thursday at 7pm for their game against New Mexico.
To wrap up the celebration, Utah Athletics will make history Saturday. In conjunction with the women's basketball team hosting Colorado State at 3 p.m., former Utah basketball All-American Kim Smith will become the first woman to have her jersey retired at Utah. Smith's #4 will be added to the rafters of the Huntsman Center in a special ceremony.
"This is a historic day for Utah Athletics," Bowman said. "We're extremely proud of Kim and our women's basketball program. We want to encourage all Ute fans to attend Saturday's game and be a part of these festivities."
Free admission to Saturday's game and Smith's jersey retirement ceremony will be offered to everyone with a ticket stub from Wednesday's men's game.