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Hampton High School junior Jordan Busshaus receives the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award from Chatham University

PITTSBURGH (February 8, 2013)… Today at Chatham University’s 18th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) celebration, Hampton junior Jordan Busshaus received the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award in the high school junior 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.

Busshaus, Chatham’s junior awardee, is on both the basketball and dance teams at Hampton High School and maintains a 4.5 grade point average. Coach Mary Bukovac, who submitted the nomination, says Busshaus makes an impact on the basketball team with her hard work and dedication to the team.

She is a starter on the basketball team and has played the sport for the past six years. She will be a two-year letter winner at the end of this season. Busshaus is also on the high school dance team and has been a competitive dancer for more than eight years – dancing tap, jazz, and ballet, as well as contemporary and hip-hop.

She’s active in student organizations, including the Future Business Leaders of America and Student Council, in addition to serving as a member of the Rotary Interact Club.

Demonstrating a remarkable record of volunteer work, Busshaus has volunteered at HealthSouth Rehabilitation in Harmarville for two years and has volunteered at the Susan B. Komen “Paws for the Cure” fundraiser for cancer research for three years.

Coach Bukovac says Busshaus “is a dedicated and disciplined individual who takes pride in all that she does  — and her success is not surprising – as her level of commitment is outstanding.”

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; Julie Hartz, a senior swimmer at Penn-Trafford High School; Angela Heintz, a senior at Seton-LaSalle Catholic High School who plays volleyball and basketball; 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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