SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Seton Hall University hosted the 24th annual NJ National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) luncheon and awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon. The event recognized the advancements women have made in sports inclusion, as well as their ongoing struggle for equality in sports, just a few days before The 30th NGWSD.

High school athletes honored show athletic excellence, a commitment to community service and academic success. Millburn High School's own Rachel Hubertus was among those honored. Former Olympic athletes and college athletes from around the state were also recognized. 

"Winning this award is awesome. Being thought of in the same category as all of these great young female athletes around NJ is truly an honor" Hubertus said. "I'm also happy to attend to promote more young females to play sports and join teams and show that girls can play sports too." 

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Hubertus is an integral piece to a 12-3  Millburn girls basketball team. The forward leads the team in scoring and rebounds with almost 12 points and nine rebounds per game. Her nine blocks also lead the Lady Millers and have allowed the team to control the paint on the defensive side, limiting their opponents to less than 38 points per game. Hubertus also led the Lady Millers' successful 22-4 2016 campaign on the softball diamond. Then a junior, she hit an astronomical .671 in 70 at-bats, while leading the team with 46 runs. 

About National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD)
National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) began in 1987 as a special day in our nation’s capital to recognize women’s sports. The day united premiere organizations and elite female athletes to bring national attention to the promise of girls and women in sports. In 1987, NGWSD also served as a remembrance of Olympic volleyball player, Flo Hyman, for her athletic achievements and dedication to promoting equality for women’s sports; Hyman died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986. NGWSD has since evolved into an event to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, the positive influence of sports participation and the continuing struggle for equality for women in sports.

NGWSD is celebrated annually across all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies and other celebratory activities. NGWSD is organized by the members of the National Girls & Women in Sports Day Coalition. Champion women athletes have also contributed to annual NGWSD activities. For more information, please visit: www.NGWSD.org.

About the NJSIAA

Established in 1918, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of 436 accredited public, private, and parochial high schools. A member of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the NJSIAA conducts tournaments and crowns champions in 32 sports. Championship competition for girls is sponsored in basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, and volleyball. Boys’ championships are determined in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, volleyball, and wrestling.