The first-annual Women in Sports Night was a tremendous success today at the 2014 Delaware Investments U.S. Open.
At the gala reception in the Recreation Center Gallery, a distaff mix of youth and experience gathered. In attendance were more than a dozen former national champions and winners of the Achievement Bowl, many current WSA stars headlined by Nicol David, current and former WSA board members like Ashley Bernhard and Liz Irving and a number of high school and college women’s teams. In particular Gail Ramsay brought the Princeton women and Chris Sachvie drove in from Carlisle, PA, with the brand-new Dickinson College women’s team.
Drexel University president John Fry welcomed the capacity crowd.
Laura White, the associate athletic director at Drexel, spoke about the history of female athletic excellence at Drexel and the positive impact of sports on women today. Kevin Klipstein, the CEO of US Squash, gave a Special Recognition Award to Kasey Brown, the president of the WSA.
The cornerstone of the evening was when US Squash honored Anne Farrell with the W. Stewart Brauns, Jr. Award. Farrell, a US Squash employee for twenty-six years, was literally the voice of squash. In the pre-voice mail, pre-caller ID era, Farrell played a central role in keeping the far-flung organization connected via the telephone. She answered every call that came into US Squash. Her first boss, former US Squash executive director Darwin Kingsley introduced Farrell.
Kingsley declared, “In those years Anne was not just my right-hand but my heart.” Farrell was surrounded by her sister, her five children and many of her eighteen grandchildren, as well as many fellow past US Squash staffers and numerous friends.
The night concluded on the ASB GlassCourt. Gilly Lane spoke with Anne Farrell about the sense of community she helped foster in American squash. Then Kasey Brown presented Kevin Klipstein with the 2013 WSA Tournament of the Year Award. Voted on by the WSA players, the award was for the 2013 Delaware Investments U.S. Open, the first major tournament in history to have parity in prize money for men and women.[alpine-phototile-for-smugmug src=”user_gallery” ugal=”45493551″ ugalkey=”kSn5RR” imgl=”smugmug” style=”gallery” row=”10″ grwidth=”800″ grheight=”600″ num=”200″ size=”Th” highlight=”1″ align=”center” max=”100″]