The Ohio State University at Newark

Ohio State Newark Invites Youth to Participate in National Girls and Women in Sports Day

January 27, 2020

The Ohio State University at Newark is bringing the 34th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) to Newark on Sunday, March 1. From noon to 5 p.m., girls ages 8–18 years old will be “Creating a Champion’s Mindset” through educational and fitness activities with local experts, including keynote addresses from Olympian swimmer Amanda Schneider, Ohio State’s Director of Strength and Conditioning Clare Quebedeaux, and Ohio State Newark student and personal trainer Raegan Donchess.

Schneider was a finalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and a two-time American champion. She graduated from Gahanna Lincoln High School and then attended the University of Georgia where she served as the captain of the 1999 NCAA championship team and was a 13-time NCAA All-American Swimmer. Today she resides in Granville.

Quebedeaux joined the Buckeye strength and conditioning program in 2018. She serves as the facility supervisor for the Gene Smith Strength and Conditioning Center as well as oversees softball and women’s soccer. Quebedeaux is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a certified strength and conditioning coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach Association.

Donchess is a senior majoring in social work. A Newark native, she graduated from Licking Valley High School. In 2018 she earned her personal training certification and started her own business, Core Balanced Wellness, to help people achieve their wellness goals through a “health at every size” approach.

Register now at Participation is $10, which includes a t-shirt and other prizes. Registration for the event is limited to 30 students in each age group (8-11, 12-14 and 15-18 years old) and closes February 23 or when the event is full. Participants should dress in active wear and tennis shoes for yoga, stretching and strength exercises. The event will be held in the John Gilbert Reese Center located at 1209 University Drive. For more information, contact Diane Kanney at 740.366.9333 or

NGWSD is powered by the Women’s Sports Foundation and celebrated throughout the year by schools and community-serving organizations across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. For more than three decades, this celebration has empowered women and girls to get moving, reap the benefits of physical activity and push past their limits in both sports and in life. The confidence, strength and character gained through sports and physical activity are the very tools girls need to become strong leaders, both in their own lives and in the world.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that is inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.