Binghamton University hosted its 18th annual Women's Athletics Luncheon in the Events Center 

Seventeen-time LPGA tour winner and CBS golf lead walking reporter Dottie Pepper was the event's keynote speaker and discussed her experiences as a woman in sports along with the transition of moving to broadcasting, explaining that the mic didn't care if she was a man or a woman. Pepper also calling Binghamton a quietly powerful place for golf.

"There are great ties, and it's not only for women's golf, but to see what the Dick's Sporting Goods Open has continued to do with the space in this area and grow golf and bring golf at the highest level back here for decades," Pepper said. "It's a special place and it's quietly powerful.


BU softball infielder and Horseheads native Alli Richmond also spoke at the event explaining that the entire scope of being a woman in sports is important to hear about, not just the wins.

"It's amazing, it's important to share the adversity we go through because a lot of time, people just see the success, and that's not always the most important part or the part that's worth sharing so I was really happy," Richmond said. "I think it's really important for us as female athletes to see the support we have in our community and just for our sports. It's come a long way and it's something we're lucky to have, it's a unique event all throughout the country, we're really lucky to have it."

The event drew over 600 people which is a far cry from their first year which only saw 75. To make a donation to the school's women's scholarship fund, head to