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2017 Winners of the MWADSA are:

Pamela Alvares, Teacher of Physical Education, Health, Biology and Business, Bristol County Agricultural High School (Dighton)
Bobbie Finn,
Athletics Administrative Assistant, Notre Dame Academy (Hingham)
Eleanor E. Petrovick,  Wellness Teacher, Foxborough High School
Linda Zacchilli, Head Girls Volleyball Coach and Assistant Boys Volleyball Coach, Milford High School

The MIAA Women in Leadership Committee yearly recognizes women who have worked with distinction on behalf of the girls’ sports in their communities. This award celebrates the efforts of those whose contributions have had a lasting and profound effect on female student athletes.

The nominations must have the support of a school administrator.  When considering nominees, please weigh longevity, contributions, and distinguished service as important factors.

The successful candidate could be a coach, administrator, trainer, parent, community volunteer, etc. She is:

  1. A woman who has provided long-term service (a minimum of 10 years) to your school and/or community in support of girls’ sports and athletics.
  2. A woman who has made a significant impact on the lives of young girls and women in your school/ community.
  3. A woman who has consistently served as a positive role model for girls and women.
  4. A woman who is an unsung hero of your program.


Pamela Alvarez - Bristol County Agricultural High School
Bobbie Finn - Notre Dame Academy (Hingham)
Eleanor E. Petrovick
- Foxborough High School
Linda Zacchilli - Milford High School

Elizabeth Haygood - Amherst Regional High School
Terry Riley - Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
Pat Ruggiero - Melrose High School
Judy Schneider - Hanover High School

Mary Ryan - Rockport Middle/High School
Mary Lou Thimas - Coach, Administrator, Official and Women's Sports Advocate
Tanya Sullivan - Middleborough High School

Marge Bohan - Dedham High School
Sarah Greeley - Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
Deb Roussell - Maynard High School

Ann Simons - Holyoke High School
Tara Morano - Middleborough High School
Mary Burke - Medway High School

Vicky Caburian - Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
Melanie Martin - Holyoke High School

Dara Johnson - Dover-Sherborn High School
Theresa Smith - Plymouth North and Plymouth South High Schools
Kathy Swain - Norfolk County Agricultural High School
Kathleen Thompson - Wayland High School

Sue Dean Ames - Framingham High School
Lynne Geiger - East Longmeadow High School
Debra Riggott - Waltham High School
Janet Sullivan - Stoughton High School

2009 (MWADSA)

Jean Fedak - Algonquin Regional High School
Molly Foster - Peabody Veterans Memorial High School

2008 (MWADSA)

Pat Coniff - West Bridgewater M/S High School
Elizabeth Grady - Natick High School
Mim Jarema - Reading Memorial High School
Patricia Morano - Mashpee High School

2007 (MWADSA)

Sharon Dupre - Blackstone-Millville Regional High School
Karen Grezesik - Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School
Gladys Perez-Byrd - Madison Park Technical/Vocational High School

2006 (MWADSA)

Donna Brickley - Notre Dame Academy (Hingham)
Amy Heath - Newburyport High School
Karen McCarthy - Avon Middle/High School
Brenda Sullivan - Maynard High School

2005 (MWADSA)

Elizabeth Knight - Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School
Elaine Wasylow - Bristol-Plymouth Regional Vocational Technical High School
Nancy Williams - Chelmsford High School
Lisa Zappala - Academy of Notre Dame (Tyngsboro)

2004 (MWADSA)

Virginia Slagle - Lynnfield High School
Susan Moss - Whitman-Hanson Regional High School
Kathy Brosnahan - Douglas High School
Angelina Chilaka - Harwich High School

2003 (Unsung Heroine)

Mary Kelleher
Nancy Martens - Official
Mary Ellen Hasenfuss - Medway High School
Chris Brown - Wayland High School

2002 (Unsung Heroine)

Marge Bohan - Dedham High School
Barbara Damon - Danvers High School
Katharina Decas - Sharon High School
Nancy Mowry - Bishop Feehan High School
Yvonne Van Goor - Triton Regional High School

2001 (Unsung Heroine)

Beth Ahern - Plymouth
Lorraine Benoit -Peabody
Patricia I. Brown - Winthrop
Dorothy Houston - Williamstown
Verna Mulready - Weymouth
Carol Ryan - Worcester
Janet Cassidy Wood - Wilmington

2000 (Unsung Heroine)

Sandy Curt - Lexington
Nancy Healy - Weston
Rose Naples - Nauset
Margaret O’Leary - Beverly
Joan Pacheco - Rockland
Cynthia Tozzi - Hingham

1999 (Unsung Heroine)

Mary Anne Clougher - Dedham
Midge Durgin - Hingham
Sandy Lezon - Salem
Pat McGee - Winthrop
Ruth M. “Penny” Pension - Lynn
Lisa Reynolds - Wakefield
Joan Rosazza - Winchester

1998 (Unsung Heroine)

Susan Leddy - Raynham
Laurie Hill - Mansfield
Kathleen McSweeney - Agawam

1997 (Unsung Heroine)

Judy Corwin - Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
Janice Dolan - Winchester HS
Cynthia Cuthbertson - Apponequet Regional High School
Marilyn Fitzgerald - Andover
Diane Jackson - Mansfield High School
Sally Johnson - Gardner
Jody McManus - Shepherd Hill Regional High School
Karen Olander - Osterville
Cheryl Palm - Minnechaug Regional High School

 

   


The Massachusetts Celebration
of National Girls and Women
in Sports Day

Friday, February 3, 2017
Faneuil Hall, Boston


Keynote Speaker: Genevra "Gevvie" Stone,  Two-Time Olympian and Silver Medalist Rower

Read about Genevra at the Team USA website

Massachusetts high schools are invited to send two female athletes who are members of an officially recognized MIAA interscholastic sport team who will represent all female athletes at that school.  For more information, or to register, please use the links below.

List of Schools Participating as of 1/31/17

10th Annual Girls and Women in Sport Essay Contest

We are pround to announce the winners of the 2017 GWS Essay Contest:

First Place: Emily O'Neill, Cardinal Spellman High School (Brockton)

Second Place: Katherine Arsenault, Oakmont Regional High School (Ashburnham)

Third Place: Mia McDonald, Westfield High School

Thanks to all who entered!

Essay Prompt: Opportunities for participating in competitive athletics have expanded since Title IX was passed almost five decades ago, and experts agree these opportunities give female athletes a toolkit for success in life.  How has this expanded opportunity affected you?  How will you use your participation in athletics to help expand opportunities for future female athletes?

Winners will:

• Be recognized at the event at Faneuil Hall.
• Receive a certificate commemorating their achievement.
• Receive a free GWS Day shirt.
• Have their essays published in the day’s program and posted at www.miaa.net.
• Receive a financial token:

First Place: $500 and the opportunity to read the winning essay at the Massachusetts Celebration of GWS Day February 3, 2017 at Faneuil Hall

Second Place: $300

Third Place: $200

 

 

 

 

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a United States law, enacted on June 23, 1972 that states,

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..."


To further educate yourself on Title IX, please visit the Women's Sport Foundation
.

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