Women's Basketball Hosts Dads and Daughters Day

Jack the Bulldog

March 13, 2014

WASHINGTON - In its final regular season home game, the Georgetown University women's basketball team welcomed more than 40 dads and daughters for its 71-65 victory over Providence College. The event was organized by Georgetown alum Mike Higgins (COL'94) and marks the third time the group has attended a game.

"What started as an informal invitation to a handful of my daughter's friends and their dads three years ago to help me convince her to catch a women's game with me has since blossomed into a much larger event," said Higgins. "This year, nearly 50 dads and daughters attended the game as well as a pregame lunch at the Tombs. I've already received numerous emails from the dads reiterating what a great time they had and asking that I ensure they are included on next year's invitation."

From its beginnings as a fun way to spend an afternoon with friends and their daughters, it's now an annual event aided by the Georgetown Department of Athletics.

Most importantly, it is an opportunity for fathers to share the game of basketball with their daughters and promote the many valuable lessons children can take from sports including physical fitness, dedication and teamwork.

The girls met with the Georgetown players following the victory for an autograph session. It gave each participant the opportunity to see up close what it means to be a student-athlete at the Division I level. Additionally, it created a bond and new fans for the women's program in the future.

"We were so excited to welcome Mike and his group back to McDonough Arena for a women's basketball game," said Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs Dan O'Neil. "It was great to see so many Hoya fans in the stands cheering on our student-athletes and interacting with the team postgame. We look forward to many more dads and daughters joining the group and continuing the tradition."

The Dads and Daughters Day was held in conjunction with GU's Kids Take Over McDonough event as well as Senior Day. It resulted in one of the largest crowds of the season for the Blue & Gray.

 

 

"We were grateful for the collective support for this event," said Higgins. "Georgetown helped create a wonderful memory for the group, highlighted by a Hoya victory! We look forward to returning with an even larger Georgetown cheering section next year."
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