Diane Pettis of Sebeka will be among the honorees when some of Minnesota’s most inspiring and influential student-athletes, coaches and athletic leaders will be recognized as a part of the 28th Annual Minnesota Girls and Women in Sports Day on Wednesday, February 5.
The 2014 Minnesota National Girls and Women in Sports Day award ceremony will take place on at the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul at 12:00 p.m. The ceremony will be conducted in conjunction with the annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a nationwide celebration recognizing the accomplishments of individuals in the promotion and advancement of girls’ and women’s sports.
Pettis is one of 11 recipients of the Breaking Barriers Award. This award is for individuals or organizations that have broken barriers, overcome challenges and/or strive to provide athletic opportunities for girls and women of all races, all ages, and all levels of ability. Individuals should have:
- Significantly contributed to girls/women sports programs/ opportunities in your community over a period of at least 5 years
- A positive attitude and be an exceptional role model
- Be focused on the needs /opportunities of girls and women in sports
"We had a very large pool of potential honorees this year, so it is an honor to be a part of this group of winners," stated Sara Eisenhauer, the Sports Information Director at St. Catherine University and one of the chairs of this year's event.
Diane is a 1976 graduate of Bemidji State University, where competed on BSU championship teams in volleyball (1975), track and field (1974, 1975) and basketball (1974, 1976).
Pettis taught and coached at Sebeka High School from 1976 until retiring in 2012. She served as a head coach in four sports (volleyball, softball, girls' basketball and track and field) and guided various Trojans' teams to Park Region Conference Championships. Diane led the Sebeka softball team to its first-ever appearance in the State Tournament in 2012.
In 2000, she was named to the BSU Women's Athletics All-30th Anniversary Team as one of the top 30 best women athletes in Bemidji State University history. In 2002 Diane was inducted into the BSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
In all, the 2014 award ceremony will honor 17 individuals and two programs receiving awards in six separate categories:
The Marie Berg Award for Excellence in Education - Mary Eigner, Rosemount High School
The Girls' and Women's Sports in the Media Award - John Sherman, Sun Newspapers
The Wilma Rudolph Award for Courage and Inspiration - Rose Hollermann, U.S. Paralympian, wheelchair basketball
Special Merit Award - Cathy Peterson, Minneapolis South High School
Special Merit Award - Valerie Rogosheske, Boston Marathon runner
Special Merit Award - Carol Visness, Kittson Central High School
Minnesota Milestone Award - Concordia University, St. Paul Golden Bears Volleyball
Minnesota Milestone Award - University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Women's Hockey
2014 Breaking Barriers Awards -
Carol Alstrom, Tower Schools; Paula Devine, East Grand Forks High School; Jo Ellen Batty-George, Fred Wells Tennis Center; Cassandra Meyering, Minneapolis Public Schools; Julie Murphy, St. Cloud Cathedral High School; Vikki Pence, Alden-Conger School; Carol Peterson, Iron Range Volleyball Officials; Diane Pettis, Sebeka High School; Rick Ringeisen, Lakeville South High School; Valerie Swanson, Ridgewater College; Don Timm, Coon Rapids High School
Minnesota Girls and Women in Sports Day is sponsored by the Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership.