North Central College continued its tradition of leadership in the recognition and celebration of women’s athletics on Tuesday, Feb. 1, conducting its sixth annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) Luncheon in the Harold and Eva White Activities Center.
A crowd of nearly 200 attendees were on hand for the event, which recognizes the strides made in women’s athletics over the past 60 years.
As part of the luncheon, one deserving woman is honored with the Cleo Tanner Award for outstanding contributions to women’s athletics at North Central. The 2011 Cleo Tanner Award was presented to Marcy Kritikos ‘92 for her excellence on the softball field from 1989 to 1992 and her service to the softball program as an assistant coach for the past nine years.
Also featured during the luncheon was a panel discussion on the development of women’s athletic programs at North Central. Six alumnae, including Kritikos, Anne Walczak ‘67m, Nancy Majewski ’74 Range, Ann Townsend ’84, Sue DeNigris ’02 Kane, and Elise Manzie ’10, discussed their experiences as North Central student-athletes through the years and fielded questions from the highly-engaged audience.
“I thought it went wonderfully,” said North Central assistant director of athletics Stevie Baker-Watson, who organizes the event. “It was one of the largest crowds we’ve had, and there were a lot of great questions for the panel. I think it was very energizing and empowering for our current student-athletes to hear about these women’s experiences and how far women’s athletics has come.”
A brief ceremony honoring the current female student-athletes at the College will be held prior to the North Central women’s basketball game against North Park University on Tuesday, Feb. 8.