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St. Paul Area Athena Awards UPDATE


The St. Paul Area Athena Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the 2021-2022 program is on!

We look forward to honoring and celebrating our member schools' outstanding female senior student-athletes in the Spring. 

2022 is an exciting year for females in sports, with the 50th Anniversary of Title IX!


Please Save the Date:                    Wednesday April 20, 2022    


The 2022 event will be adhering to MDH, MSHSL, and venue specific health and safety guidelines.

The program will be livestreamed, recorded, and archived for free viewing. 


Annual Event

Each year the Athena award winters are recognized at an event in the Spring. The 2022 St. Paul Area Athena Awards Program will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

28th Annual St. Paul Athena Awards Event

Date:              Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Time:              11:00am to 1:00pm

Location:      Vadnais Heights Commons

Address:       655 East County Rd F, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127


The 28th Annual St. Paul Area Athena Awards ceremony and event in honor of the outstanding high school senior women athletes from St. Paul and suburban high schools.

It will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.   Randy Shaver, KARE 11, will be the Master of Ceremonies.   Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD Director, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport Senior Lecturer, School of Kinesiology University of Minnesota,  will be the Key Note Speaker.

We are committed to and value diversity, equity, and inclusivity.   Reasonable accommodations are provided in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   Please let us know if you and/or your guest(s) need any special assistance.


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Master of Ceremonies

Randy Shaver

Keynote Speaker

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD

Director, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport 
Senior Lecturer, School of Kinesiology 
University of Minnesota

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2022 St. Paul Area Athena Awards



Director, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport Senior Lecturer, School of Kinesiology University of Minnesota

Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer in the area of social and behavioral sciences in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota and the Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. Through her multidisciplinary research she answers critical questions that can make a difference in the lives of sport stakeholders—particularly girls and women. As a leading scholar on gender, leadership and women coaches, LaVoi has published 100+ book chapters, research reports and peer-reviewed articles across multiple disciplines. Her seminal research includes the annual Women in College Coaching Report Card which is aimed at retaining and increasing the number of women in the coaching profession and holding decision makers accountable, a groundbreaking book Women in Sports Coaching (2016), and a documentary GAME ON: Women Can Coach (2018). GAME ON is the third Emmy-nominated collaborative film project with tptMN; the first was Concussion & Female Athletes (2011) and the second, Media Coverage & Female Athletes: Women Play Sports, Just Not in the Media (2013) won a regional Emmy for best sports documentary. As a public scholar she consults, speaks frequently around the world, fields media requests, provides thought leadership, and serves on numerous mission-driven, national advisory boards related to girls and women in sport. LaVoi played collegiate tennis at Gustavus Adolphus College earning two-time Academic All-American status and an NCAA-III National Team Championship. Prior to her career in the academy, she was a USPTA Teaching Pro, an assistant coach at Carleton College, and the head tennis coach at Wellesley College. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, biking, hiking, golf, and soaking up the sun.

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