Pathfinder Award

The Pathfinder Award was established to honor members of INSHAPE and National Association for Girls and Women in Sport who have and/or continue to advocate, recruit, and enhance opportunities for girls and women in sport and sport leadership.


Any female in health, physical education, recreation, dance (HPERD), and/or sport who meets the eligibility requirements and exemplifies the criteria below may be nominated for this award.

  1. Current membership in INSHAPE,
  2. Membership in the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports (NAGWS),
  3. Must be at least 30 years of age, and
  4. Minimum of five years as a teacher and/or supervisor in HPERD.

Award Criteria:

The applicant must be an individual who:

  1. Advocates, recruits, and enhances opportunities for girls and women in sport and sport leadership,
  2. Supports equity in sports - equal funding, quality, and respect for girls' and women's sports, and
  3. Has made significant contributions to girls and women in sport.

Complete online application by April 1, 2018     Apply

Application requires one (1) letter of recommendation from applicant's principal or colleague. The letter should be directly related to the award criteria.

Selection and Recognition Process:

  1. The Awards Committee will select one award recipient from the pool of qualified applicants.
  2. Applicants will be notified by June 1.
  3. The award will be presented at the State Conference in November.
  4. Award recipient is expected to present a session at the State Conference the following year.

Previous Award Recipents

Year Name
2017Patricia Marcum
2016Renee Frimming
2015Roberta Sipe
2010Lynn Griffin
2009Glenna Bower
2008Marilyn Strawbridge
2007Pat Zezula
2006Kim Eiler
2005Lynn Hall
2004Suzanne Willey
2003Lisa Hicks
2002Sue Bowman
2001Jenny Johnson-Kappes
2000Priscilla Dillow
1999Becky Hull
1998Judy George
1995Sandra Hamilton

For more information, contact:

Lisa Ford
Franklin Central High School