Girls and women from across the city and region gathered recently to mark national Girls and Women in Sport Day at a breakfast gathering on March 16, organized by the Rome Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day is an event “that celebrates women and girls to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams,” according to the announcement by Rome Sports Hall of Fame and Museum officials. This year marked the second annual breakfast program held by the Rome Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
This year’s event drew a gathering of approximately 85 people — from students to adults — to listen to this year’s guest speaker Jess Jecko. Jecko, originally of Sauquoit, is a goalkeeper on the USA Women’s Field Hockey team. After playing the sport at Sauquoit Valley High School, Jecko attended Syracuse University and earned a spot on the field hockey team there as a walk-on before working her way to becoming the starting goalie for the Orangewomen. Jecko and her Syracuse University teammates won the NCAA Championship in 2015.
“The RSHOF wants to recognize the importance of Rome students participating in athletics and to celebrate and create opportunities for all young girls and High School athletes. We especially want to encourage them to continue participation through their high school years and beyond!”