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Carnegie Mellon University Anna Albi sophomore receives the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award from Chatham University

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior PR Specialist
February 10, 2012

 PITTSBURGH (February 10, 2012)… Today at Chatham University’s 17th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWISD) celebration, Carnegie Mellon University sophomore Anna Albi received the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award in the collegiate athlete category. The award, which is presented to an area sophomore, junior, senior, and collegiate female athlete of distinction, is named in honor of a former Chatham athletic director who dedicated 34 years to achieving greater awareness and recognition of women’s collegiate athletics.

Each year, Chatham gives this award as a celebration of the accomplishments of regional female high school and college student athletes who make positive contributions in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community. Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV anchor and Action sports reporter, served as Master of Ceremonies, and sports reporter Lacee Collins, who covers the Pirates, Penguins, and high school football for ROOT SPORTS, gave the keynote address.

Ms. Albi is the starting goalkeeper on and captain of the highly selective university’s soccer team – competing in what is considered to be the strongest athletic conference in Division III, the University Athletic Association.  She is a Dean’s List student pursuing a concentration in creative writing and maintains a 3.93 GPA. Her nominator Kim Kelly says, “Anna is the epitome of what an athlete should strive to be.”

Ms. Albi began serving the Student-Athlete Advisory Council her sophomore year and quickly became a leader within that organization — now serving as the chair of its community service committee.

Ms. Albi was a volunteer at the Special Olympics Polar Plunge in Pittsburgh and is a member of Lambda Sigma, an honor society that serves the campus and the greater Pittsburgh communities. In addition, Ms. Albi was a site leader at the YWCA for an initiative called 1000plus, during which the CMU community spends a day doing community service throughout the region.

She has also facilitated a field day for the children at the Pittsburgh YWCA for the Emerging Leaders organization. And in her hometown Cincinnati, Ms. Albi founded “Serving Up Hope,” a doubles tennis tournament that benefits the Susan G. Komen charity.

Ms. Albi’s commitment to serving others is international in scope. She has served in Guatemala for the Cooperative for Education organization and plans to spend her upcoming spring break teaching English to rural children in Costa Rica.

Other winners of the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award include Francesca Ponziani, a Penn-Trafford sophomore who plays softball; Chelsia Poole, a Penn-Trafford junior who plays basketball and volleyball and runs cross country and track; and Alexis M. Concordia, a Shady Side Academy senior who plays field hockey and lacrosse, in addition to being a member of the swim team.

Chatham also honored Lori Poe, who coaches cross-country, indoor track, and track and field at Chartiers Valley, with the Outstanding Coach Award. Winners are selected by an honorary committee.

NGWSD began in 1987 in commemoration of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit

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