National Girls and Women in Sports Day

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Saturday was National Girls and Women in Sports Day in Northern Nevada. Hundreds gathered to celebrate and promote women and girls' participation in sports.

"Girls should play sports because they can get away from all the drama at school and get out there," 11-year-old Lilly Lafontaine says.

Lilly, along with her friend Emily Harzkey are part of Reno Fast Pitch, one of the many vendors participating in the event.

Girls on the Run-Sierras, Wolf Pack Athletics, the Reno Bighorns, Reno Aces and Reno 1868 joined together to put on this event. Now in its second year, the event is growing and executive director of Girls on the Run-Sierras, Joy Hoyer, says it's great to have professional teams on board.

"It's different because it's men's sports and everybody has a girl in their life that they care about," Hoyer says.

1868 brand manager Andre Moyce says the goal is to continue to expand soccer, not just for men and boys but to include more girls and women in the sport.

"This is just one step in the right direction," he says.

Also in attendance was Nevada Storm, the full-contact women's football team. Vice President Lindsey Smiley says it's important that people know football isn't just for the boys.

"Anybody can play," Smiley says. "We want you to hit hard and play hard."

Girls on the Run-Sierras is in need of volunteers for all positions.