Student-Athletes from 186 NJSIAA-member schools were honored on Feb. 9 at the annual National Girls and Women In Sports Day celebration that took place in the Richie Regan Recreation and Athletic Center at Seton Hall University in South Orange.
Each school was eligible to send an athlete to the luncheon, which was held in conjunction with the 34th anniversary of the day which highlights the achievements of female athletes, along with the advancements that have been made since the passage of Title IX in 1972.
In addition to the recognition of the high school athletes, each two and four-year college in the state also had an athlete recognized through the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. Many of those athletes were former New Jersey high school standouts.
The high school athletes were individually called onto the stage to receive a certificate recognizing their selection.
Among the girls selected to attend by their schools were three - Olivia DuBois of Immaculate Heart Academy, Kristina Donza of Brick Memorial and Allison Stuppi of Ocean Township - who serve as Student Ambassadors on the NJSIAA Student Athlete Advisory Council.
The attending athletes enjoyed the event, which included admission to the DePaul at Seton Hall women’s basketball game immediately afterward.
“It was exciting to be surrounded by women who have done so great in all their different sports,” said Kerry Perna, who competes in cross country, winter track and spring track at Point Pleasant Beach. “It’s great to be around such a nice celebration.”
Two individuals, Sandy Ferrarella and Cindi Todoroff, were honor award recipients.
Ferrarella recently retired after coaching the William Paterson University women’s volleyball team the past 41 years.
Todoroff, who was a three-sport athlete at East Brunswick, returned to her alma mater after graduating from Rutgers in 1980. Among her coaching duties was a 33-year tenure as the head coach of the field hockey team.
NJSIAA Student-Athletes honored at the National Girls and Women In Sports Day celebration, as selected by their schools.
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