JoAnn Andregg to be honored on 22nd annual Girls and Women in Sports Day Feb. 6

JoAnn Andregg to be honored on 22nd annual Girls and Women in Sports Day Feb. 6

Nineteen of Minnesota's most inspiring and influential student-athletes, coaches and athletic leaders – including St. Thomas Associate Director of Athletics JoAnn Andregg – will be recognized at an award ceremony at noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Minnesota State Capitol.

The award ceremony, held to mark the 22 nd Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day, will honor recipients in five categories. Andregg will receive a Special Merit Award, which honors individuals who "exemplify the highest levels of commitment to breaking barriers for girls and women in sport," according to the Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership, the event's sponsor.

Andregg has been involved with St. Thomas athletics more than 30 years. She was the first coach for the women's volleyball and tennis teams when St. Thomas first began admitting women in 1977. She also has served as a mentor and role model to numerous student-athletes and has been involved with athletics at the conference and national levels. She currently serves as senior woman administrator for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), for which she serves as vice chair of the Executive Committee and is a member of the Budget Committee. She served on the NCAA committee for Student-Athlete Reinstatement and Amateurism. She received St. Thomas' Sister Pat Kowalski Women's Leadership Award in 2006.

The ceremony also will mark two milestones in the state's history of women in athletics: the 25th anniversary of women's athletics in the MIAC and athe 10 th anniversary of the Minnesota Lynx professional basketball team.

The public is invited. For more information about the event, contact Kelly Anderson Diercks, (651) 246-5957 or Amanda Daninger, (763) 566-7722.