PITTSBURGH (February 8, 2013)… Today at Chatham University’s 18th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) celebration, Seton-LaSalle Catholic senior Angela Heintz received the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award in the high school senior category.
The Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award 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 evening news anchor and sports director, served as Master of Ceremonies. Patty Paytas, senior vice president of community and public affairs for the Pittsburgh Pirates as well as the executive director of Pirates Charities, gave the keynote speech, which focused on challenges women face as professionals in the sports industry.
Heintz, a volleyball and basketball player, was nominated by John Ashalou, athletic director and girls’ basketball coach at Seton-LaSalle Catholic, who says she is “an outstanding student athlete who leads by example – giving more than 100 percent in all she does.”
With a 4.61 GPA, Heintz is on the high honor roll. She has been a 4-year-starter on the basketball team, letterman, and captain the past two years – helping to lead her team to two consecutive WPIAL Championships. Last year, the team went undefeated 30-0, winning the State Championship Title. On the volleyball team, she’s been a 4-year-starter, and captain for the past two years – with First Team All-WPIAL and Second Team All-State recognition.
Heintz was recognized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as one of the “Fabulous Five” and “Athlete of the Week,” by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for its “Terrific 10” team, and by the South Hills Almanac as MVP for Basketball and the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year.
Her extracurricular activities include the National Honor Society, Students Against Drunk Driving, Spanish Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Big Sisters, and Environmental Club. Heintz also serves as a representative for the Student Athlete Leadership Academy.
She also tutors, plays Powder Puff Football, and has been named Student of the Month. She is a 2012 recipient of the Rachel Carson Book Award from Chatham University.
In the community, Heintz volunteers as a student helper for Pioneer School Special Olympics, organized a Halloween party for children of low-income families in Carnegie, and has helped as a student instructor for multiple Youth Sports Camps run at Seton-LaSalle High School.
Today’s other winners of the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award include Kirsten McMichael, a sophomore at Ringgold High School who runs cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field; Jordan Busshaus, a junior at Hampton High School who is on the basketball and dance teams; Julie Hartz, a senior swimmer at Penn-Trafford High School; and Rachel Blonski, a senior softball player at Carlow University.
Chatham also honored Jennifer McMichael, who coaches cross-country and indoor and outdoor track field at Ringgold High School, with the Outstanding Coach Award. Coach McMichael is the mother of today’s sophomore awardee – making this the first mother-daughter duo to be honored at the annual event. All 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, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of more than 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.
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