World disabled ski champion Diana Golden, a 1988 Disabled Olympics gold medalist and winner of 19 national titles, will be presented with the fourth annual Flo Hyman Award Thursday as part of a nationwide celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
Events commemorating the day will take place around the metropolitan area today and Thursday.
Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) will present Golden, 27, with the prize at a Congressional Awards Ceremony at 12:15 p.m. Thursday. She is the fourth recipient of the award, named for the Olympic volleyball star, who died during a match in 1986.
Packwood suggested to the Women's Sports Foundation the creation of a National Women in Sports Day to honor Hyman. He, along with Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) and Rep. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), introduced a bill declaring Feb. 4, 1987, as the first National Women in Sports Day.
Previous winners were tennis stars Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova and Olympic gold medalist runners Evelyn Ashford and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The award is given to a "female athlete who exemplifies the dignity, spirit and commitment to excellence of the late Flo Hyman."
Golden, who lost her right leg to bone cancer at age 12, recently retired from competitive ski racing after a decade-long career. In addition to her gold medal in the disabled giant slalom competition, Golden has won 10 world disabled ski championships.
Golden will be joined by 22 female athletes representing different sports. Following the Capitol Hill ceremony, the participants will be honored in a meeting with President Bush.
Other area activities begin today, including an athletic clinic for junior high school students at the National Capital YMCA on Rhode Island Avenue NW. Participating in the 3:30 clinic will be swimmer Nancy Hogshead, track star Benita Brown and taekwondo champion Lynette Love. A celebrity basketball game featuring several members of recent U.S. Olympic basketball teams against a team of Congressmen will follow at 6.
Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder each signed a proclamation designating Thursday as Girls and Women in Sports Day.