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    ESPN's Sarah Spain to Give Keynote Address at NGWSD



    Jan. 31, 2013

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    EVANSTON, Ill. – Noted sports journalist Sarah Spain is set to give the keynote address at the National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) event at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday, February 10. Spain is currently a reporter for, a SportsCenter anchor for Chicago’s ESPN 1000 and an espnW columnist.

    After graduating from Cornell University, where she was a heptathlete and co-captain of the track & field team, Spain began her career at Intersport Television in Chicago. She then moved to Los Angeles where she worked at Fox Sports Net, did freelance writing and hosting, and graduated from the conservatory at Second City, a school specializing in sketch comedy and improv techniques.

    Upon returning to Chicago in 2008, she worked for a number of radio, television and print outlets before joining ESPN in 2010. Spain’s experience as both an athlete and an accomplished reporter in the industry will add a new dimension to the event.

    Spain’s address will be followed by roundtable discussions that highlight topics related to women athletes and sports professionals. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with a variety of individuals including Northwestern student-athletes and coaches.

    This event runs from 1:30-2:30 p.m., prior to the Northwestern women’s basketball game vs. Ohio State. Participants must pre-register for this event and can do so by clicking on PDF above, or can pick up a flyer at an upcoming Northwestern women’s basketball game. Tickets for the event are just $3 for participants and family members and that price covers the event, as well as a ticket to the women’s basketball game, which tips at 3 p.m. Tickets can be picked up on the day of the event. For additional registration information, please contact Heather Van Hoegarden Obering at or by calling 847-491-7723.

    Here is the complete agenda for February 10:

    1:15 p.m. – Check-in at the N-Club (second floor of Welsh-Ryan Arena)
    1:30 p.m. – Roundtable Discussions
    3:00 p.m. – Northwestern vs. Ohio State
    5:00 p.m. – Postgame Autograph Session

    Now in its 27th year, NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports. NGWSD is jointly organized by the National Girls and Women in Sport Coalition. The Coalition combines the experience and resources of four premiere girls- and women-serving organizations in the United States: Girls Incorporated, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, National Women's Law Center, and the Women's Sports Foundation.

    More information on the national event can be found on the NGWSD website.


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