CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia field hockey players Paige Selenski and Michelle Vittese will be honored on National Girls and Women in Sports Day when the Cavalier women’s basketball team plays host to Florida State at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at John Paul Jones Arena.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day brings national attention to the achievements of female athletes and to issues facing girls and women in sport. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Virginia Athletic Department and the University of Virginia Women’s Center.
Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.) and Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) were members of the United States’ first gold medal team in field hockey at the 2011 Pan American Games held in October in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Americans upset world No. 1 Argentina 4-2 in the championship match to automatically qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games. Both Cavaliers contributed with a goal apiece in the gold medal game.
“The University of Virginia is proud to recognize the accomplishments of Paige Selenski and Michelle Vittese on National Girls and Women in Sports Day, as well as the progress and achievements of women’s athletics since the inception of the day in 1987,” Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage said. “I would like to thank and congratulate Paige and Michelle for the manner in which they have represented the University and the United States National Field Hockey team. Both students are highly decorated for their individual successes, but more importantly both are consummate team players and winners.”
Selenski, a three-time All-American, and Vittese, a two-time All-American, both redshirted the 2011 season for Virginia to compete with the U.S. National Team. They will return to Charlottesville in the fall for their final season of eligibility.
Selenski and Vittese will be honored on the court at halftime of the Virginia-Florida State women’s basketball game, which will be carried live on ESPNU. They will also sign autographs prior to the contest in the Kids’ Zone.
Recent honorees at Virginia’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration include Natalie Randolph, former UVa track standout and varsity football coach at Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C.; Lindsay Shoop, former UVa rower and Olympic gold medalist; and Barbara Kelly, longtime UVa athletics administrator.
Fans may purchase tickets through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office online at VirginiaSports.com, by phone and in person. The Athletics Ticket Office is located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).
Single-game ticket prices for all games are $10 for Reserved seating, $8 for adult General Admission and $6 for youth (18 & under), senior (60 & over) and UVa faculty/staff General Admission.