Central Minnesota Athena Awards
The Athena Awards is a signature recognition program currently run in Minneapolis and St. Paul. St. Cloud Area School District 742 has developed the Central Minnesota Athena Awards to bring this amazing showcase of athletic talent to our region and to award our athletes.
The Central Minnesota Athena Awards are designed to recognize exceptional female athletes from school districts across our region. The Central Minnesota Athena Awards will include the following school districts/schools/cities:
- St. Cloud Area School District - Tech and Apollo High Schools
- St. Cloud Cathedral
- Big Lake
- St. Michael/Albertville
- Sauk Centre
Each school has been asked to select the senior female athlete, who has distinguished herself more than any other, as a result of special individual achievement or as superior achievements in one or several sports.
The Central Minnesota Athena Awards will be held on May 1, 2019 at St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center. Our keynote speaker will be Lindsay Whalen, Head Coach of the University of Minnesota Women's Basketball Program. Our emcee will be a representative from the Minnesota State High School League. Recognition and awards will be presented by District 742 and other district staff and members of district leadership teams. A special thank you to Kwik Trip, our 2019 Central Minnesota Athena Awards sponsor.
HISTORY OF ATHENA AWARDS
In 1972 the Sports and Attractions Committee, Women’s Division Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce had as their motto: To sponsor, encourage, and develop sports activities for members and the community”. The committee held various events but felt another more meaningful project was needed. They described how often young women athletes who were trying to achieve excellence in their sports were overlooked when it was time to present deserved recognition. Athena, a goddess of Greek mythology, was chosen as the symbol as a brave, chaste and dauntless goddess. Each year athletic events were held in her honor.