FEBRUARY 6, 2020 | NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY | NATIONAL LAME DUCK DAY | NATIONAL FROZEN YOGURT DAY

NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY – First Thursday in February

NATIONAL GIRLS & WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY

Around the country, National Girls and Women in Sports Day is recognized by schools, organizations, and teams on the first Thursday in February.

Athletics play an important role in girls lives. Besides helping to establish a routine for a healthy, active lifestyle, sports build confidence, leadership skills and the ability to work with a team.

But there is so much more to participating in sports. Women who participated in sports in school are more likely to graduate from college. According to an EY study, women increase their odds of landing leadership positions when they have a background in athletics.

Girls develop lifelong valuable relationships during their sports careers, too.  It’s not just serious business.

It also doesn’t matter the sport. Whether girls choose to be a part of the volleyball team or prefer to aim for par or better in golf, the health, leadership, and academic benefits develop with each one.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GirlsAndWomenInSportsDay

Support girls and women athletics in your area.  Get involved. For more information on how visit Women Sports Foundation. Share how sports influenced your life. Use #GirlsAndWomenInSportsDay to share on social media.

NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY HISTORY

On February 4, 1987, President Ronald Reagan declared the first National Women in Sports Day in recognition of the history of women’s athletics. It also recognized the progress made by the Title IX amendment passed in 1972.

NATIONAL LAME DUCK DAY – February 6

NATIONAL LAME DUCK DAY

On February 6 National Lame Duck Day recognizes the ratification of the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution or the Lame Duck Amendment.

The term “lame duck” originated as a description of stockbrokers in 1700s England who could not pay off their debts. The name later carried over to those in business who, while known to be bankrupt, would continue to do business.

In politics a lame duck is a person currently holding a political office who has either:

  • lost a re-election bid
  • chosen not to seek another term
  • been prevented from running for re-election due to a term limit
  • holds a position that has been eliminated
The 20th Amendment

Prior to the ratification of the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution, there was for Congress a 13-month delay between election day and the day the newly elected officials took office. In the case of a lame duck, this was a 13 month notice his or her job was terminating crippling their influence. Hence the ‘lame’ or injured duck.

An awful lot of people are confused as to just what is meant by a lame duck Congress. It’s like where some fellows worked for you and their work wasn’t satisfactory and you let ’em out, but after you fired ’em, you let ’em stay long enough so they could burn your house down.  – Will Rogers

The same applied to the president. The 20th Amendment changed the date the newly elected president took office from March 4th to January 20th.

During a lame-duck session, members of Congress are no longer accountable to their constituents. It is possible for their focus to switch to more personal gain instead of acting on behalf of their constituents with an eye toward re-election.

The 20th Amendment shortened this period from 13 months to 2 months.  While lame-duck sessions still occur (20 such sessions have occurred since the amendment took effect in 1935), there is less time for sweeping legislation to be approved.  Even so, lame-duck Congresses have declared war, impeached a president, censured a senator and passed the Homeland Security Act among other actions.

It is also considered a time when the peaceful transition of power occurs. Preparations take place for the out-going president to leave the office and the newly elected president to take over the role.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLameDuckDay

If you are a Lame Duck:   Reflect back on what you have learned, and on your successes and triumphs.

Those who know a Lame Duck:  Say thank you, give recognition for their success and support for their future.

None of the above:  Enjoy today in everything you do and share the information you learned about Lame Duck Day.

Use #NationalLameDuckDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL LAME DUCK DAY HISTORY

National Lame Duck Day commemorates the date in 1933 that the U.S. Secretary of State proclaimed the 20th Amendment ratified.

NATIONAL FROZEN YOGURT DAY – February 6

NATIONAL FROZEN YOGURT DAY

National Frozen Yogurt Day on February 6th recognizes a sweet frozen dessert that has gone from fad status to staple freezer item in a few decades. 

Frozen yogurt sales are increasing every year as people want a healthier alternative to ice cream. The explosion of flavors and topping choices add to the popularity of frozen yogurt.

H.P Hood developed the first frozen yogurt in 1970 in the United States. It was created as a soft-serve treat called Frogurt. Not long afterward, Humphreys and Dannon released their own versions of frozen yogurt. Its popularity grew in the 80s, mostly due to frozen yogurts “health food” status. Ice cream manufacturers soon caught on, offering low-fat options.

Frozen yogurt is again making a comeback as consumers have begun to prefer the tart taste of yogurt. Not only does it find its way into home freezers, but it also is a sweet stop after work or play. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFrozenYogurtDay

Enjoy your favorite flavor of frozen yogurt. It’s possible to even make your own. Check out the recipes below or even make another dessert using frozen yogurt. Invite someone to join you in your celebration, too. Add toppings or blend in some fruit. Tell us about your favorites or share a recipe. There’re so many ways to #CelebrateEveryDay!

Give the following recipes a try:

Creamy Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
Chocolate Frozen Yogurt
Cherry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt
Frozen Strawberry Yogurt

Use #NationalFrozenYogurtDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL FROZEN YOGURT DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching this frozen food holiday. But while we’re at it, we’re going to top our frozen yogurt with some sprinkles, whipped cream, and gummy bears.

On Deck for February 7, 2020

Recipe of the Day

Peanut Butter BBQ Chicken Pizza

Prep Time:  30 minutes
Bake Time: 10-12 minutes
Total Prep: About 40 minutes
Serves 4 (with 2 slices each)

Ingredients:

1 package pizza crust
1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
2 green onions, chopped
8 oz. mozzarella cheese

Instructions: 

Prepare packaged crust according to package directions.

Combine peanut butter with 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce and mix thoroughly.

Spread over the prepared and partially-baked crust.

Add chopped rotisserie chicken, green onions, and mozzarella cheese.

Bake 10-12 minutes until cheese begins to turn golden.

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