WSM Gala 2018

2018 Women’s Sports Museum Gala


Women’s Sports Museum 3rd Annual Gala

Trailblazer Award Recipients

Justine Siegal

First Woman to Coach for a MLB Organization
Justine was just 13 years old when her coach told her that girls play softball – not baseball.  At that moment, she vowed she’d never quit.  At the age of 16, she set her sights on becoming a collegiate baseball coach.  Laughed at and told no man would ever listen to a woman on a baseball field, she grew even more determined to realize her dream.

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Donna Orender

Former President/Commissioner WNBA CEO Orender Unlimited

Donna Orender is a highly respected corporate business leader having led growth and innovation in several high-profile companies. She has been recognized as one of the Most Powerful Women in Sports and one of News Weeks 100 most Influential people in the business of sports and is a best-selling author with her 2018 release if Wowsdom! The Girl’s Guide to the Positive and the Possible.

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Lauren Holtkamp-Sterling

Lauren Holtkamp-Sterling believes sport is a unique means for encountering the sacred gifts of life and service. She has the joy of living this out as an official in the NBA and is entering her fifth season. Prior to joining the NBA staff, Lauren developed in the D-League for six seasons and officiated the 2013 and 2014 D-League Finals. She also served the game by officiating in the WNBA for four seasons and worked the 2014 Conference Finals.

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Colleen Healy

Colleen Healy holds the distinction of being the first walk-on in UConn women’s basketball history awarded a full athletic scholarship via Naismith Hall of Fame Inductee & Head Coach Geno Auriemma and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee, Associate Head Coach Chris Dailey.

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Association for
Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (1970-1982)
In the 1950s and 1960s there was a cry for more organization for women’s athletics, mainly to provide for more opportunities. Before Title IX, action was already being taken to improve women’s sports by forming a governing body that would help organize women’s sports, namely the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) that evolved out of the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.

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3rd Annual Women’s Sports Museum Gala Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Anonymous Supporter of Extra-Ordinary Women

Silver Sponsors

Jay and Barb Lancer

Jim and Charlie Ann Syprett

Ocean Blvd. Holdings

Audrey Robbins

Media Sponsors

Event Planner

Gala Committee


Amie Boyle,  Beth Jacobson, Audrey Robbins


Beth Green, Christina Unkel, Katharine Vestal, Jessica Blume, Liz Lowe, Lauren Lewicki, Arletha Blackman, BarbaraLancer, Scarlett Guy, Angie Lisk, Kat Hughes, Bob Davis, Kathy Whyte, Melissa DeAngelo, Donna Polito, Vanessa Opstal,


Women’s Sports Museum 2nd Annual Gala

Cliff Roles Contributing Photographer, Observer

Trailblazer Courage Award

Donna Cheek, in 1981 became the first black equestrian of either gender to represent the United States in international competition at the American Junior Show Jumping Competition.

Trailblazer MVP Award

Rebecca Rusch made headlines for being the first person ever to ride the entirety of the 1,800-kilometer Ho Cho Minh Trail in Asia.

Trailblazer Visionary Award

Lesley Visser the only broadcaster to work telecasts for the Final Four, Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, Triple Crown, Olympics, U.S. Open and World Figure Skating Championship.

Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award

Ann Kroger tennis player and coach who most recently served as head tennis coach and associate athletic director at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.