Doing what the Iowa Hawkeyes women's basketball team did this past season was remarkable. Winning the Big 10 Championship and making it back to the National Championship are incredible accomplishments.

Someone who also noticed these accomplishments and wanted to recognize them was Iowa's Governor, Kim Reynolds. To honor not only this great team but a program on the rise, the Governor has made a day in Iowa dedicated to the women's basketball team.

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Governor Kim Reynolds released a video message announcing a proclamation in celebration of Iowa Hawkeyes Women’s Basketball historic 2023-2024 season. The proclamation declared that April 22 is now officially Iowa Hawkeyes Women’s Basketball Appreciation Day in Iowa.  

In the press release, Governor Reynolds said that the Iowa women’s basketball team made dreams come true this past season. From sold-out arenas and record viewership to continuing their reign as Big 10 Champions, returning to the NCAA tournament. And earning a place in the national title game for the second consecutive year.  

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The Iowa women's basketball team captivated fans nationwide, from lifelong Hawkeyes to Hollywood celebrities. Their star power was undeniable and they demonstrated the very best of our state in every way.   

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"I want to congratulate and thank coaches Lisa Bluder, Jan Jensen, the entire coaching and support staff. And, of course, the team. Caitlin, Kate, Gabbie, Hannah, Molly, Taylor, Sydney, Kylie, Kennise, Jayda, AJ, Ava, Sharon, and Addison, you transformed women’s basketball and inspired young girls and boys to dream big, work hard, and believe that they can do anything. Most importantly, you showed all of us what a true champion is."

Not to read into thing too much but you can't help but notice that Gov. Reynolds picked the 22nd day of April. I'm sure someone isn't mad about that...

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Governor Reynolds concluded her proclamation by saying, "In appreciation of all you’ve accomplished and everything you represent, it’s my privilege to declare today, Monday, April 22nd Iowa Women’s Basketball Appreciation Day. Congratulations to the Hawkeye women and coaches on an incredible season. We are so proud of you."

Make sure you wear your Iowa Hawkeyes women's basketball apparel every year on April 22nd. Go Hawks!

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