Pathfinder Award

Pathfinder Award

The Pathfinder Award was established to honor members of INSHAPE and National Association for Girls and Women in Sport who have and/or continue to advocate, recruit, and enhance opportunities for girls and women in sport and sport leadership.


Any female in health, physical education, recreation, dance (HPERD), and/or sport who meets the eligibility requirements and exemplifies the criteria below may be nominated for this award.

  1. Current membership in INSHAPE,
  2. Must be at least 30 years of age, and
  3. Minimum of five years as a teacher and/or supervisor in HPERD.


Award Criteria

The applicant must be an individual who:

  1. Advocates, recruits, and enhances opportunities for girls and women in sport and sport leadership,
  2. Supports equity in sports – equal funding, quality, and respect for girls’ and women’s sports, and
  3. Has made significant contributions to girls and women in sport.


Complete online application according to deadline on main Awards page.

Application requires one (1) letter of recommendation from applicant’s principal or colleague. The letter should be directly related to the award criteria.


Selection and Recognition Process

  1. The Awards Committee will select one award recipient from the pool of qualified applicants.
  2. Applicants will be notified by early Fall.
  3. The award will be presented at the State Conference in November.


Previous Award Recipients


2019  Cindy DeWitt

2018  Diana Jones

2017 Patricia Marcum

2016 Renee Frimming

2015 Roberta Sipe

2010 Lynn Griffin

2009 Glenna Bower

2008 Marilyn Strawbridge

2007 Pat Zezula

2006 Kim Eiler

2005 Lynn Hall

2004 Suzanne Willey

2003 Lisa Hicks

2002 Sue Bowman

2001 Jenny Johnson-Kappes

2000 Priscilla Dillow

1999 Becky Hull

1998 Judy George

1995 Sandra Hamilton