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DWASF Awards

Each year at the Women in Sports Day luncheon, DWASF Awards are presented to outstanding female athletes and coaches from all levels of participation. The public is invited to nominate a Delaware woman for any category.

2014 Awards Nomination Form

The following awards are awarded:

Pioneer Award Elite Athlete Award
Wilma Rudolph Courage Award Sportsmanship Award
Senior Sportswoman of the Year Outstanding Female Athletes
Outstanding Coach Award Athlete of Promise Award

Pioneer Award

The DWASF Pioneer Award honors a Delaware woman who has provided a lifetime contribution towards the advancement of opportunities for girls and women in sport. This contribution may have been as an athlete pioneer, role model, coach, umpire/official, administrator, scholar, trainer, journalist, or outstanding supporter of women's sport in a similar role. It may have been in a professional or volunteer capacity in one or more sports over many years. The award is sponsored annually in remembrance of Ethel McInerney Starr. Mrs. Starr was a pioneer and champion for the cause of equity and access for young women athletes in CYO sports.

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Wilma Rudolph Courage Award

The DWASF Wilma Rudolph Courage Award honors a Delaware female athlete of any age who has overcome adversity and demonstrated extraordinary courage in athletic performance. Criteria also include the ability to overcome adversity through persistence and determination; possession of qualities consistent with the ideals of ethical conduct in sports. This award is sponsored by Denise Rosiao, longtime DWASF Board member in memory of her mother Rita Rosaio.

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Senior Sportswoman of the Year

The DWASF Senior Sportswoman of the Year Award honors an active female athlete, 50 years or over, for exceptional accomplishments in athletics, leadership and community service in any sport. The Delaware Amateur Softball Association sponsors this award.

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Recreational Athlete of the Year

The DWASF Recreational Athlete of the Year Award honors a Delaware recreational athlete whose participation, sportsmanship, leadership, and accomplishments over a minimum of three years, have had a positive effect on her teammates, sport, and league or group. This recreational athlete competes on a team or as an individual unassociated with an interscholastic or intercollegiate team. This award is presented anonymously in memory of Cheryl L. Simmons. Ms. Simmons was an active Delaware recreational athlete.

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Outstanding Coach Award

The DWASF Outstanding Coach Award honors a Delawarean who has been an outstanding coach, role model, and mentor. The nominee may coach within any organized club, sport, college, or recreational program at any level. Criteria include coaching success; status as a role model for female athletes; community involvement as it relates to increasing opportunities for girls and women; involvement in coaching/professional organizations. Karen C. Conlin, D.D.S. sponsors this award.

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Elite Athlete Award

The DWASF Elite Athlete Award honors a Delaware female athlete who has competed and excelled at the national or international level in either amateur or professional sports.

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Sportsmanship Award

The DWASF Sportsmanship Award honors a Delaware female athlete of any age who has demonstrated either an outstanding instance of sportsmanship or who continually displays those qualities that define the best in sportsmanship and the ideals of ethical conduct in sports. The nominee serves as a positive role model and leader. Kirkwood Animal Hospital sponsors this award.

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Outstanding Female Athletes Award

The DWASF Outstanding Female Athletes Award is presented to each participating high school to recognize a senior athlete who ranks in the top third of her class, portrays the qualities of dedication, leadership, and sportsmanship, and who participates in sports at least two seasons per year.

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Athlete of Promise Award

The DWASF Athlete of Promise Award is presented to each participating high school to recognize a 9^th or 10^th grade female athlete who excels in academics, has begun to portray qualities of dedication, leadership and sportsmanship, and who participates in sports at least one season per year.

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