by Jerome Saintjones
Huntsville, Ala. ---- An Alabama A&M University faculty member will receive a coveted national award during an annual athletics convention scheduled in Boston, Mass., March 16.
Dr. Harriet Hamilton, associate professor of health and human performance, will accept the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) 2012 Dr. Nell C. Jackson Award. NAGWS is an affiliate organization of the American Alliance for
Health and Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). The organization aims “to develop and deliver equitable and quality sport opportunities for all girls and women through relevant research, advocacy, leadership development, educational strategies, and programming in a manner that promotes social justice and change.”
The Dr. Nell C. Jackson Award was set up by NAGWS 20 years ago to recognize African-American women who have exhibited a commitment to the NAGWS mission outstanding potential in scholarship, coaching, administration, and leadership through distinguished service to girls and women's sports.
This award is named in honor of the outstanding and accomplished athlete, coach, and executive who devoted her life to track and field competition for women, participating in the 1948 and 1951 Olympics. Jackson continued her service to the Olympics as a coach and member of the Olympic Committee Board of Directors. The award to be presented to Hamilton is presented at the high school, college/university and professional levels.
AAMU’s Hamilton was nominated by colleagues in the profession and also will be recognized at the NAGWS Rachel Bryant Lecture. Dr. Hamilton was accorded a national award in 1990 by the Women’s Sports Foundation.
More details on the NAGWS honor and award are available at the following link: http://www.aahperd.org/nagws/programs/awards/Nell-Jackson-Award.cfm.