DSO 2011 Outstanding Athlete
Outstanding Athlete Award
Harriet began participating in Delaware Senior Olympics in 1999 and has competed every year since. She has entered a number of different sports including, Track and Field, Swimming, Tennis, Recreational Walk, Basketball, Volleyball and Softball. She is an outstanding, well rounded athlete who has been successful in all of her competitions but she truly has excelled in Softball. She also has competed in Walk Delaware for 13 years. For her efforts she has been awarded a total of 45 gold and 6 silver medals. She has also participated in the Maryland Senior games winning three gold medals in Volleyball and in the Pennsylvania Senior Games winning two gold in Volleyball. At the Eastern Shore Games she has won 31 gold, 10 Silver and 1 bronze in volleyball, basketball, track and field and the softball and football throws. In softball she has competed in Delaware and also with her Freedom Spirit of Florida team. She was instrumental in helping the Freedom Spirit Team win the gold medal at the National Senior Games in Pittsburgh and a silver medal at the National Senior Games in Louisville. With Freedom Spirit she also played in the Softball Players Association Nationals in Gallatin, Tennessee winning silver medals in 2005, 2008 and 2009 and bronze medals in 2010 and 2011. The Softball Players Association has recognized her as an All American for three years 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2009 she was also recognized as the best defensive player at the competition. Her Freedom Spirit Team also won a gold medal at the SSUSA Nationals in Clearwater, Florida in 2007. Harriet also competed at the Huntsman Games in St. George, Utah winning a silver medal in 2010 with Freedom Spirit and a gold medal in 2011 with the Golden Girls out of Virginia. Her most recent accomplishment was a gold medal at the World Softball Championships in Phoenix with the Golden Girls where she was also voted as the Most Valuable Player.
Harriet is an outstanding athlete but we would be remiss if we didn’t also recognize her for her friendly spirit and as an outstanding role model who typifies the best in senior softball and women’s athletics. The Delaware Women’s Alliance for Sport and Fitness recognized these characteristics by awarding her with their Sportsmanship Award in 2001.
For her extraordinary athletic achievements Delaware Senior Olympics recognizes this highly skilled woman of great integrity with its 2011 Outstanding Athlete Award.