Each February, North Central College celebrates National Girls and Women in Sport Day with a luncheon and presentation of the Cleo Tanner Award. This year's luncheon takes place at noon Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the Harold and Eva White Activities Center, where Bev Thornburg will be honored as the 2012 Cleo Tanner Award recipient for her positive effect on women's athletics at North Central. Students, faculty and staff are invited to walk in and attend the free event.
Thornburg joined the faculty and coaching staff in 1970, after Cleo Tanner's retirement. An associate professor of physical education, she also coached women's tennis and softball. Thornburg was a driving force at North Central in the development of intercollegiate athletic opportunities for women after the launch of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, the predecessor to the NCAA. She started the intercollegiate volleyball program in 1971 and basketball program in 1972 at North Central.
Also, in celebration of women's athletics, the College will host an inaugural event at noon Saturday, Feb. 4, in the lobby of Wentz Concert Hall. North Central alumnae who were involved with physical education or the intercollegiate athletics program, as well as women student-athletes, parents and friends are invited to a special luncheon and program to celebrate North Central College women's athletics. Cost is $10/person; RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 2, to Stevie Baker-Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.