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Women in Sports Day 2011
“Play, Believe Achieve”

22nd Annual Event Luncheon
Presented by DWASF


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Women in Sports Day 2011 was held on April 3, 2011 at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover, DE.

DWASF Pioneer Award
James “Jim” Fischer

The DWASF Pioneer Award honors a Delawarean who has provided a lifetime contribution towards the advancement of opportunities for girls and women in sports. 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.

Photo of James Fischer, recipient of the DWASF Pioneer AwardJim Fischer enters his 29th season as head coach of the highly successful University of Delaware's men's cross country and outdoor track and field programs in 2010-11 and will begin his third year as head coach of the women's cross country squad. Fischer also recently completed his second year in his new role as Director of UD Running Programs in which he oversees the administrative responsibilities of both the men’s and women’s track & field and cross country programs and assists women's track and field head coach Wendy McFarlane with the women’s distance runners.

Prior to his tenure at Delaware he served as head track and assistant football coach at Concordia College (Minn.) for two years. The football team tied for the NAIA Division II National Championship in 1981. He was inducted into the Concordia Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

Since arriving at Delaware in 1982, Fischer has posted outstanding career records. His dual meet records stand at 102-69 in cross country, 121-36-1 in indoor track and field and 29-25-1 in outdoor track and field. The 1998-99 season was the best ever in Fischer's tenure with the Blue Hens. He led Delaware to the America East indoor track and field title and second place finishes both outdoors and in cross country. His 2000 outdoor track and field team also captured the America East title.

His squads annually battle for the conference track and field titles, finishing at least third every year from 1984 until the Blue Hens moved to the America East in 1991-92 and never placed lower than sixth since then. He has coached 50 indoor and 66 outdoor conference champions. He has led his teams to five conference titles, winning the 1993, 1994, and 2000 America East outdoor titles and the 1993 and 1999 indoor titles. In addition, 12 of his teams have finished second in the conference meet. He has been named America East Coach of the Year five times, winning the award for indoor track in 1993 and 1999 and for outdoor track in 1993, 1994, and 2000.

A native of Minnesota and a 1970 graduate of Augsburg College, Fischer is a former University of Minnesota track and field assistant coach and a 10-year track, cross country, basketball, and skiing coach at Robbinsdale (Minn.) HS. He is a veteran marathon runner and has a world traveler, conducting clinics in Honduras, North Yemen, Egypt, and China. In 1988, he presented a paper to the Seoul Olympic Scientific Congress. He served as president of the NCAA Division I Cross Country Coaches Association in 1997-98. In addition, he is the founder and president of the Delaware Track and Field Hall of Fame, and an advisor to the Leukemia Society and Delaware Special Olympics.

He is active with USA Track and Field, serving on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Association's High Performance Committee, teaching Level I and Level II Coaching Certification Classes in Endurance and Training Theory, and holding a Level III Certification in Endurance Training. He has been active in training adults from the community since 1984. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run. An assistant physical education professor at the University of Delaware, Fischer served as the coach of the East track and field coach at the 1991 Olympic Festival in Los Angeles, Calif. He and his wife, Christine, and her two children reside in Newark, DE.

~Presented in memory of Ethel McInerney Starr~
Mrs. Starr was a pioneer and champion for the cause of equity for young women in CYO sports.

DWASF Elite Athlete
Rhondale Jones

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 sport.

Photo of Rhondale Jones, recipeint of the DWASF Elite Atlete AwardRhondale Jones was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. She became a runner at a very young age, running for the Wilmington Track Club. Initially, she was a 400m and 800m runner. These events were not her favorite; therefore she worked hard at becoming a short sprinter. She competed in local meets, but soon, as she advanced, Rhondale began to make national attention.

She was an outstanding sprinter/hurdler at Delcastle Technical High School. While in high school, Rhondale was a four-time Delaware Indoor State Athlete of the Year (‘95, ‘96, ‘97, ‘98) and a two-time Delaware Outdoor State Athlete of the Year (‘97, ‘98). She set the still-standing Delaware state record in the 200 meter dash at 24.17 seconds.

After graduating from high school, Rhondale went on to Lincoln University where she was a sixteen-time All-American including nine individual titles from 1999-2001. She won three titles each in the 100 meter hurdles, the 100 meter dash, and the 200 meter dash. She currently holds the NCAA championship record for the 200m dash with a time of 23.72 seconds set in 1999. Jones graduated from Lincoln in with a degree in Elementary Education becoming a certified math, social studies and language arts instructor.

Soon after graduating, she briefly left Delaware to teach in Jonesboro, Georgia. There Jones taught at Mundy’s Mill Middle school, teaching seventh grade math. At Mundy’s Mill she was a mentor to new teachers and the girls head track and field coach. In 2006, Rhondale was named the NCAA Division III Most Outstanding Student-Athlete in Track & Field, an honor which was bestowed as part of the NCAA’s 25th Anniversary of Women’s Championships celebration and takes into account outstanding performances in NCAA championships over the past 25 years.

In 2009, she was inducted into the Delaware Track & Field Hall of Fame.

Rhondale is currently using her talents to coach the next generation of track stars at The Charter School of Wilmington. She serves as a math teacher, parent outreach coordinator, and after school specialist at Kuumba Academy in Wilmington.

~Sponsored by: DWASF Board~

DWASF Wilma Rudolph Courage Award
Ky-Yonni McCleary

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 and possession of qualities consistent with the ideals of ethical conduct in sports.

Ky-Yonni McClearywas born with biliary atresia, a malady that has so far cost her two livers--her own and a transplant. She attended Smyrna High School and graduated in 2009. She played basketball there for three years, seeing little game action because of her illness. She suffered two broken ankles and torn ligaments in her knees during her sophomore year. She played in only four games as a senior.

Ky-Yonni is a current sophomore at Delaware State University with a major in Psychology (concentration in relationship and marital counseling) and a minor in Forensic Biology. Last summer, Ky-Yonni had the pleasure of competing in basketball, badminton, and bowling in the 2010 Transplant Games which were held in Madison, WI. In 1998, Ky-Yonni received a bronze medal in badminton, and a gold medal each in track and field and basketball.

Being a two-time liver transplant recipient and having undergone 42 surgeries has not slowed her down. Ky-Yonni is a member in DSU gospel choir, DSU psychology club (awarded Mrs. Psychology), DSU debate team, and president of her own organization entitled, S.A.R.A.H.

Photo of Alison Nelson, Kyme’ McCleary, Patricia Nelson and Ky-Yonni McCleary
Alison Nelson, from left, Kyme’ McCleary, Patricia Nelson and Ky-Yonni McCleary

~In Memory of Rita Rosaio, daughter of long-time DWASF Board Member, Denise Rosaio~

DWASF Sportsmanship Award
Candy Sanders Young

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.

Photo of Candy Sanders Young, recipient of the DWASF Sportsmanship AwardCandy Young Sanders was appointed as a Delaware State University Associate Athletic Director in July 2010. She continues as the athletic department's Senior Woman Administrator. Young served as an Assistant Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator since July 2008. She also served as DSU's Acting Director of Athletics during the 2008-09 school year. She previously directed the Delaware State women's cross country and track & field teams from 2006 to 2010.

Young is a member of the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Strategic Planning Committee, and previously served on the executive committee for USA Track & Field for eight years. Young is a member of the Delaware State University Long-Range Strategic Planning Monitoring Committee, and serves as chairperson of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Woman-of-the-Year Committee.

Young spearheaded the inaugural "Delaware Diamond Extravaganza last year . The Feb. 2010 event honored 12 individuals for their commitment to women's athletics. Before embarking on her coaching career, Young was internationally known as a record-setting hurdler. A 100-meter hurdler on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team, she also holds two indoor world records and a Junior American record. In addition, Young is a two-time National Indoor Champion, four-time NCAA indoor champion and eight-time NCAA All-America.

Young earned a B.A. in biological education from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J., in 1985, and a master's in sports management from Delaware State in 2008.

In 1979, she was the Sports Illustrated National High School Athlete-of-the-Year.

Young was a 2008 inductee into the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics Hall-of-Fame.

~Sponsored by: DWASF Board~

DWASF Sportsmanship Award
Candy Sanders Young

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.

Photo of Renee Arnold, recipient of the DWASF Sportsmanship AwardRenee Arnold is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, but she grew up in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. She moved to the United States in high school, where she played volleyball and was very successful. She received a full scholarship to play volleyball at George Washington University where she was a collegiate standout. She earned four volleyball letters as an outside hitter. As a senior, Arnold helped lead the Colonials to the Atlantic 10 Conference championship, and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. She was named to numerous all-tournament teams during her career, and was team captain during her junior and senior years. While at George Washington University, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management.

Renee started coaching two years after graduating from George Washington University as an assistant coach at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She then had opportunity to become head coach at Delaware State University after six months. As a rookie head coach in 2004, Arnold guided the Hornets to 15 wins (15-23), most by the team since 1991. After inheriting a team that was 4-24 (1-9 MEAC) the year before she arrived, Arnold has led the Hornets to double figures in wins in each of her five seasons. She has also compiled an overall record of 32-19 in MEAC regular seasons contests at DSU. The team was a combined 7-32 in the MEAC the three previous years. This year, the team was ranked 1st in Northern Division and a Runner-up MEAC Volleyball Championship.

Arnold is also credited with significant improvements to the team’s recruiting, conditioning and academic support programs. Since her arrival, 19 Delaware State volleyball players have been cited by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for their academic achievements. Since coming to DSU we have finished in the top 5 in the conference every year. Goal is to get into athletic administration in the next few years.

Renee attended Delaware State University and has a master's degree in Sports Administration. She is currently attaining a master's degree in Business Administration and is anticipating graduation in the spring of 2012.

In her “spare time,” Renee holds a breast cancer awareness event every season. She also has a volleyball clinic for Special Olympic every season. She is the Chair of Delaware Diamond Extravaganza which recognizes those who have helped move women in athletics in a positive direction.

She is married to Kristopher McGlothlin and has son Logan Ryan McGlothlin, Age 1.

~Sponsored by: DWASF Board~

2011 Outstanding Female Athletes

2011 Athletes of Promise

A. I. duPont
Erica Wayne
Cynthia Hagerty
Nicolette Lawruk
Archmere Academy
Madeline Buckley
Amanda Olsen
Alexis Downey
Caesar Rodney
Kelsey Jones
Alexis Prillaman
Amanda Penkrot
Krysti Lober
Delmarva Christian
Rebecca Bryan
Jayne Stevens
Hodgson Vo-Tech
Destiny Edwards
Krista Varnes
Lake Forest
Kaitlyn Corder
Morgan Gannon
Malikorose Abdussalaam
Emma Appleby
Rebecca Potochney
Shawna Chopko
Red Lion Christian
Haley Emerson
Shannon Brantley
St. Elizabeth's
Sabrina Hackendorn
St. Georges Technical
Tabia Wade
St. Mark's
Erin Gouge
Claudia Seemans
St. Thomas More
Katie Price
Rebecca Shipper
William Penn
Danielle Kreider
Katrina Kashner
Kelsey Johnson
Erica Parker