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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tucker Center's Film Festival

Tucker Center's Film Festival 27th Annual Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day will be held February 4, 2013 at 7 pm in the DQ Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium.

U of M's Tucker Center's Film Festival Returns Feb. 4th
Event Kicks Off 27th Annual Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day
The Tucker Center and the University of Minnesota Athletic Department are pleased to announce the third annual Tucker Center Film Festival. The festival will take place Monday, February 4, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., in the DQ Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium. The event kicks off the 26th annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) and will feature the film Ready to Fly: The True Story of a Dream Worth Fighting For.
Forty years after the passage of Title IX, there are still examples of sportswomen struggling for equal opportunity. This film follows 2009 World Champion Lindsey Van and the U.S. Women's Ski Jumping team as they fight for the chance to perform on the highest stage--at the Olympics, where ski jumping is the only Winter Olympic sport that doesn't allow women. Van is thrust into a battle that is far bigger than her Olympic dreams, larger than ski jumping, and even sport, and becomes the reluctant spokesperson for gender equality and women's rights. Watch the trailer here.
We will also screen the trailer for Granny's Got Game, a highly anticipated documentary about a fiercely competitive senior women's basketball team in North Carolina and how they battle physical limitations and skepticism to keep doing what they love. The film follows them for a year as they compete for the National Senior Games championship. After two decades together, these women are more than a team...they are a family. This film is set to premier in 2013. Learn more here.
The Tucker Center Film Festival is one of more than 1,000 events taking place across the country for National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Congress has proclaimed this national day each year since 1987. It recognizes the progress of girls and women in sports and the benefits that sports and fitness activities can bring to the lives of all girls and women. The Day is organized nationally by the Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Incorporated, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, the National Women's Law Center and the Women's Sports Foundation.
Directions and Parking Info for TCF Bank Stadium are available here. The Maroon and Gopher parking lots (fee is $4.00 on exit) are closest to the event entrance at Benton County, next to Goldy's Locker Room.