Beyond the Game: Women, Sports and Competition
NEW YORK, February 28, 2019 – Barnard College and On Her Turf announced today that Beyond the Game: Women, Sports and Competition, an event and panel discussion celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium, will take place on March 11, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in the Diana Center Event Oval at Barnard College. It will also be streamed live on NBCSports.com.
The Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium is a unique agreement under which women at Barnard College and the undergraduate division of Columbia University compete together as members of university-wide athletic teams— it is the only one of its kind in NCAA Division I athletics. As part of the Consortium’s 35th anniversary university-wide celebration, the moderated panel discussion, sponsored by the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium in collaboration with On Her Turf, a media collaboration between NBC Sports and Refinery29, will look at how participation in sports impacts women’s lives beyond the playing field, addressing such questions as, do women athletes lead differently? And, how does professional competition impact success outside the sports arena?
The panel will be moderated by NBC News’ Dylan Dreyer, who has covered such monumental sporting events as the Olympics and the Kentucky Derby. The panel will be comprised of dynamic leaders in the sports industry, including three-time ice hockey Olympic medalist and leader in the women’s hockey team’s fight for gender equitable treatment Meghan Duggan; Judie Lomax ’10, who played in the WNBA after becoming the first Columbia/Barnard women’s basketball player to be named Ivy League Player of the Year; two-time Olympian and current Columbia field hockey coach Caroline Nelson-Nichols; and Michele Roberts, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. Barnard College president Sian Leah Beilock and Columbia University’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education Peter Pilling will offer introductory remarks.
“We’re proud to host and honor such esteemed women athletes whose talent, courage, hard work, and sacrifice continue to inspire our partnership with Columbia University, reminding us of why the last 35 years were so important,” said President Beilock. “This panel discussion is an affirmation of our collective strength in women’s athletics and demonstration of our commitment to intercollegiate athletics through strong partnerships.”
“Columbia Athletics is excited to celebrate the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium and participate in this fantastic panel discussion organized by Barnard College,” said Pilling. “We are so proud of our 35-year partnership with Barnard College. Because of this landmark agreement, thousands of women athletes have benefitted from life-changing academic and athletic experiences and opportunities.”
Established in 1983, the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium was designed to coincide with the admission of women to Columbia College. It was built upon an already established women’s athletic program at Barnard College. The consortium provides the opportunity for women students enrolled at the separate colleges to compete within one athletics program while drawing on the resources of all the colleges. Through the continued development of the program, the university provides all undergraduate women with the finest competitive opportunities.
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