CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia women’s lacrosse alumna Jennifer Langton will be honored at the National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration when the Cavalier women’s basketball team hosts Virginia Tech on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.
Since 1996, the Virginia Department of Athletics and the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center have collaborated in a celebration of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day, an event that brings national attention to the achievements of female athletes and to issues facing girls and women in sport.
The theme of this year’s event is “Breaking Barriers on Any Field.”
Langton serves as Vice President of Health and Safety Initiatives for the National Football League. She manages the NFL’s medical investment portfolio which supports engineering advancements and independent medical research aimed to improve the health and safety of NFL players. Langton previously served as NFL’s Vice President of Business Ventures and Finance where she was responsible for strategic planning and financial management of league business units. Before joining the NFL, she served as the Chief Financial Officer, North America of Atari. At Virginia, Langton was a four-year member of the women’s lacrosse team (1994-97). In her senior season, she was presented with the Betty and Money Yates Award in recognition of service and dedication to the women’s lacrosse program.
In addition to the oncourt ceremony which will take place between the first and second quarters, there will also be a pregame NGWSD Youth Sports Festival held at John Paul Jones Arena on the upper concourse from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Doors to the arena open at 1:30, 30 minutes earlier than normal. The festival will include sports stations for youth eighth grade and under to visit. Those completing all of the sports stations will receive a complimentary t-shirt. There will also be face painting, balloon artist, pop-a-shot, Plinko and a chance to meet Virginia student-athletes. The sports festival is free with admission to the game.
Recent honorees at Virginia’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration include Olympic-gold-medalists Leah Smith, Lauren Perdue and Lindsay Shoop, the 1993 women’s basketball and 1991 women’s lacrosse teams, philanthropist and two-time women’s volleyball MVP Amy (Mitchell) Griffin, former UVa track standout and varsity football coach at Calvin Coolidge High School Natalie Randolph and longtime administrators Jane Miller and Barbara Kelley.
Reserved single-game tickets are $8 if purchased in advance or online and $10 if purchased at the JPJ Box Office. General admission tickets are $5 if purchased in advance or online and $8 if purchased at the JPJ Box Office. Single-game courtside tickets may be purchased for $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, fans should contact the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821). Fans can also purchase tickets online at VirginiaSports.com or in-person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium.