Monday, January 25, 2016

Friday, January 29th: Women In Sports Night Celebration

Women In Sports Night
The tradition continues this Friday as the annual celebration of Women In Sports will take place at GDRHS.  The impetus behind the celebration is the recognition of the tremendous contributions and strides women have made in sports over the years.  Young female athletes today have many role models in the world of sports to look up to and emulate.  As a father of two girls it was great to listen to my 9 year old list the amazing players on the Women's World Cup Team.  The dominant Serena Williams was recognized as Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year.  An honor typically bestowed on male athletes.

The annual Women In Sports Night is held with this in mind as we recognize great women athletes and acknowledge the positive impact they have on young female athletes today.  Each year we recognize an accomplished athlete, and this year's honoree is no exception.  Sara (Gearin) DiStefano is a 2004 graduate from GDRHS with an impressive resume.  

Sara (Gearin) DiStefano

Sara graduated from GDRHS in 2004 with a 4.0 GPA.  While in high school, Sara participated in soccer (4 years varsity), track/field (three years varsity) and basketball (two years varsity).  Sara attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA where she played soccer (1 year), ran cross country (3 years, qualifying for the Division III NCAA’s as an individual runner as a senior) and was a member of the track/field team for four years (qualifying for the ECAC Regional Conference Championships every season).  

Sara graduated summa cum laude from Muhlenberg College in 2008 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Public Health.  Following her graduation from college, Sara earned a Master’s Degree in Education and advanced degree in School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  She also successfully completed the Walter Childs Mt. Holyoke Marathon in 2009.  After working as a school psychologist in Des Moines, Iowa for two years, Sara moved back to east to be closer to her family.  Currently, Sara resides in Kennebunk, Maine with her husband Joe and four year old son Garrett.  She is currently employed as a special education teacher at the Thornton Academy.   

We would love to have a large crowd this Friday as we celebrate Women in Sports and highlight a great GDRHS graduate.  The following is a list of events.

5:30    Girls JV Game
6:45    Presentation of Plaque to Sara (Gearin) DisStefano
7:00    Girls Varsity Game

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