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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.


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
2016 Kaili Blazon Newburyport High School
2015 Molly Beluk Newburyport High School
2014 Kiersten Flodman Triton Regional High School


Madison Estes Triton Regional High School


Vanessa LeBlanc Amesbury High School


Gretchen Gabrielson Winnacunnet High School


Hannah McCormick Newburyport High School


Meredith McWeeney Triton Regional High School


Courtney Glynn Winnacunnet High School


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.

Connie Grasso Award Winners
2016 Gayle Calistro


Claire Fung


Constance Grasso

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The Pat Polletta Memorial Trophy

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

Aquatics Director Diane Sagaser presents Newburyport High School Senior Kaili Blazon with the YWCA’s Annual Pat Polletta Award at the ywca greater Newburyport Annual Meeting on May 2, 2017.

YWCA Wellness Director Ilene Harnch-Grady presents Gayle Calistro with the Constance Grasso Award at the ywca’s 133rd Annual Meeting held May 2, 2017. 


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