It was a day of celebrating women's sports at North Carolina, as 15 varsity teams collectively representing 36 team national championships greeted over 1,200 visitors in UNC's Indoor Practice Facility for the school's eighth annualNational Girls and Women in Sports Day.
Each team set up a station with a "mini-clinic" so that the hundreds of early grade-school children, the majority of them young girls, could swarm from one spot to the next, trying out different sports and getting autographs from their favorite UNC athletes, or anyone they happened to spy.
The event gave many of the kids there an opportunity to try out sports they might have never have seen or played before, like lacrosse, fencing and golf.
"We got a lot of young women trying our sports, which is great to get some exposure," senior fencer Justine de Grasse said. "Especially since it's a not very common sport, we like to get a lot of people to try it and fall in love with it."
De Grasse, for her part, fell in love with fencing after watching it in the Olympics when she was seven years old. Her uncle also fenced in college; she tried it out and stuck with it.