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DOVER, Del. - Seven  individuals will be recognized and honored for their outstanding contributions to women in sports and education at the 2014 Delaware Diamond Extravaganza on Jan. 31 at Dover Downs. The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m.; and dinner is served at 6:30.

The honorees are Delawareans or individuals with ties to the First State who were  nominated for the honors. 

The 2014 Delaware Diamond Extravaganza honorees are as follows:

Delaware State Rep. Stephanie Bolden
Jane Hicks
Dr. Lois Hobbs
Ruth Jackson
Cindy Savage
Tina Strong
Sharon Whitaker

"Each of these individuals has played significant roles in providing opportunities to women in athletics," said Delaware State Director of Athletics Candy Young.  "It's important that we express our gratitude to these leaders and their inspiration to young women in leadership roles."

The Delaware Diamond Extravaganza began in 2009 as a way to recognize, celebrate and honor individuals in the state of Delaware that have helped women's athletics grow and excel in addition to creating additional scholarship and financial support to aid female athletics programs.  The DDE identifies coaches, administrators, athletes and contributors who meet the following criteria:

o   Over 10 years commitment to women's athletic programs
o   Activist for Title IX and gender equity
o   Enhanced life skills knowledge through women's athletics
o   Former player actively involved with women's athletics within the Delaware community

The Delaware Diamond Extravaganza will also feature a silent auction.

Tickets for the Delaware Diamond Extravaganza are $60 per person and $35 for students. For more information, please contact the Delaware State University Department of Athletics at  (302) 857-6030. 


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