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Pat Polletta Memorial Trophy

The YWCA Pat Polletta Memorial Trophy is given to a young woman, currently a high school junior from a school within the greater Newburyport area, who consistently:

  • attains athletic achievement in either cross country or track and field
  • exhibits leadership qualities by serving as a mentor and role model to her teammates
  • demonstrates a commitment to community service through word and action

A committee composed of YWCA board and community members selects the winner and presents the award to her at the Annual Meeting on April 30th.

The recipient will receive a $100 gift certificate to Yankee Runner donated through the generosity of Rick Bayko. The names of all the winners of the Pat Polletta Memorial Trophy are inscribed on a plaque which is on permanent display at the YWCA Greater Newburyport.

Background

For 28 years the YWCA Greater Newburyport held the Annual Pat Polletta Road Race. The race offered competition for running enthusiasts of all ages, levels and abilities.  Upon Mr. Polletta’s death in 2005, the YWCA established the Pat Polletta Memorial Trophy as a fitting tribute to a man who was a staunch believer in providing opportunity to young women.

Pat Polletta was a resident of Amesbury and ran three marathons in the 1930s and 40s. He was paralyzed by an injury sustained while working at sea.  When he returned to Massachusetts, he trained at the YWCA pool daily for more than 20 years.  He spearheaded the creation of the first girls’ track program in the Merrimack Valley and coached the Amesbury High School cross-country and track teams for many years.  He was a life-long advocate of fitness as a powerful means to build self-esteem and empower young people.

Pat Polletta Memorial Trophy Winners
2014 Kiersten Flodman Triton Regional High School

2012

Madison Estes Triton Regional High School

2011

Vanessa LeBlanc Amesbury High School

2010

Gretchen Gabrielson Winnacunnet High School

2009

Hannah McCormick Newburyport High School

2008

Meredith McWeeney Triton Regional High School

2007

Courtney Glynn Winnacunnet High School

2006

Kiley Bunce
Keara Thomas
Winnacunnet High School
Governor Dummer Academy

The Connie Grasso Award

Connie Grasso

The Connie Grasso Award was established in 2015 by the YWCA Greater Newburyport to recognize individuals who, through their professional or volunteer lives, have impacted their community positively by supporting women’s health issues as Connie did. As an employee of the YWCA, Connie was passionate about growing and furthering the reach of programs like YWCA Encore Plus, and My Life, My Health, that improved the lives of women and those suffering from the effects of breast cancer and chronic disease. Through the establishment of this award, we hope to shine the light on members of our community who share Connie’s passion and commitment to community and women’s health.

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The Pat Polletta Memorial Trophy

Deadline for nominations is Monday, March 31, 2014. Click here for nomination form.

2014 Pat Polletta Memorial Trophy Winner Kiersten Flodman (Triton Regional High School)

Congratulations to Kiersten Flodman of Triton Regional High School for being awarded the 2014 Pat Polletta Award.

Receiving the award on behalf of inaugural year recipient Connie Grasso are her family members Sandi Grasso, Christopher Smith and Dante Smith.  Pictured from Left:  Ellie Davis (YWCA Director of Programs & Community Relations), Ilene Harnch-Grady (YWCA Health & Wellness Director), and Connie’s family, Christopher  Smith, Sandi Grasso, and Dante Smith.

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