On National Girls & Women in Sports Day, WeCOACH is proud to announce five recipients of the 2023-24 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Jostens. The prestigious WeCOACH Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to women in sports who succeed at the highest levels in their respective careers, while also displaying an unwavering commitment, pioneering spirit, and trailblazing leadership to empower and pave the way for girls and women in all sports and levels to breakthrough for many generations to come.
This year’s recipients include Coach Missy Foote (retired), Middlebury College Head Women’s Lacrosse & Field Hockey Coach; Dr. Christine Grant (posthumous), University of Iowa Director of Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics & former Field Hockey Coach; Coach Beverly “Bev” Kearney, former University of Texas Women’s Track & Field Head Coach and Founder of InPursuit of Dreams Inc.; Coach C. Vivian Stringer (retired), Rutgers University Head Women’s Basketball Coach; and Sister Lynn Winsor, Xavier College Preparatory Vice-Principal of Activities, Athletic Director, and Co-Head Girls Golf Coach.
“WeCOACH is privileged to have these women as special members of our community. We are honored to celebrate their inspirational achievements and the profound influence they have had on the athletes they coached. Each of these remarkable women have demonstrated a pioneering spirit throughout their careers, paving the way for future generations of coaches and athletes. Through their groundbreaking efforts, they have not only achieved unprecedented success, they have also opened doors and created opportunities for others to follow in their footsteps. They have advocated for gender equity, diversity, and inclusion, striving to create a more equitable and inclusive playing field for all. WeCOACH could not be more thrilled to bestow upon them our highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award,” said WeCOACH CEO Vanessa Fuchs.
Past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Jill Ellis, Muffet McGraw, Violet Palmer, Nikki Franke, Carol Hutchins, and Jodi Manore. The 2023-24 honorees will receive their custom designed awards by Jostens on June 17 in Denver, Colorado in conjunction with the WeCOACH-NCAA Women Coaches Academies.