February 1, 2019, is the Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women and Sports Day (GWS), a day that recognizes the positive influence of sports participation on the lives of girls and women, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.
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, athletic educator, trainer, parent, community volunteer, etc.
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.
A woman who has made a significant impact on the lives of young girls and women in your school/ community.
A woman who has consistently served as a positive role model for girls and women.
A woman whose accomplishments have not previously been widely recognized.
Ruth Beaton - Pentucket Regional High School Denise Carrara - East Bridgewater High School Kim Huffer - Chelsea Public Schools Lisa Keene - Peabody Veterans Memorial High School
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
Jean Fedak - Algonquin Regional High School Molly Foster - Peabody Veterans Memorial High School
Pat Coniff - West Bridgewater M/S High School Elizabeth Grady - Natick High School Mim Jarema - Reading Memorial High School Patricia Morano - Mashpee High School
Sharon Dupre - Blackstone-Millville Regional High School Karen Grezesik - Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School Gladys Perez-Byrd - Madison Park Technical/Vocational High School
Donna Brickley - Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) Amy Heath - Newburyport High School Karen McCarthy - Avon Middle/High School Brenda Sullivan - Maynard High School
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)
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
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..."