Huge Weekend for Women's Sports

Friday, April 23, 2010

Women's athletics will have a full weekend of games and doubleheaders as well as a dedication of a new women's athletic facility on Saturday and a visit by Olympic hero Elana Meyers on Sunday.

The university will officially dedicate its new women's athletic facility at 12:30 p.m. at the UWG Athletic Complex.

President Dr. Beheruz Sethna will address the gathering and take part in the official ribbon cutting along with athletic director Daryl Dickey, softball head coach Erika Swanson and soccer head coach Marisa Kovacs.

At the center of West Georgia's new women's facility is the spacious field house. This structure features locker rooms for the Wolves softball and soccer teams, plus a large meeting and reception area.

The field house sits between the Wolves new soccer and softball stadiums. Also, an adjacent soccer practice field is part of the complex.

Saturday's ceremonies are part of several activities at the UWG Athletic Complex. Wolves soccer will host the "Kick Sarcoma Cancer 3v3" Soccer Tournament in remembrance of Nicole Nunn, a former student athletic trainer at West Georgia who lost her battle with cancer last fall.

Following the soccer and dedication ceremonies, there is also softball on Saturday's calendar. West Georgia will host North Alabama in a GSC East Division double header, beginning at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, GSC East Division play closes for both the West Georgia Wolves baseball and softball teams. Beyond the action against rival West Alabama, Meyers will be on hand to greet Wolves fans at both the softball and baseball games.

Meyers, a native of neighboring Douglasville, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the scheduled 1 p.m. baseball contest against the Tigers at Cole Field.

Afterward, she will visit University Field, where the Wolves and Tigers are playing a 1 p.m. softball double header.

Meyers captured America's attention during the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. She and teammate Erin Pac combined to win the bronze medal in the women's bobsled competition.

Before her career as bobsled competitor, Meyers' excelled in softball. She earned honors as a shortstop and pitcher at Division I George Washington University. She still plays for the Mid-Michigan Ice, a professional softball team based in Midland, Mich.

Though Saturday marks the official dedication of the women's complex, UWG teams already feel at home there. The Wolves soccer team last season played its final four home games on its new field, while softball began playing in its new home in March.