Three sport athletes and standout individuals and leaders on and and off the field of play, Stoughton High seniors Megan Crimmins and Emma Zuk were selected to represent SHS at the National Girls and Women in Sports Day 2013, held Feb. 1 at Faneuil Hall in Boston.
It was the 27th annual gathering. Each school across the state was invited to send two female athletes who are "positive, contributing members [to] both their teams and their school."
"I don't think we could have made a better choice than Emma Zuk and Megan Crimmins," said Janet Sullivan, longtime Stoughton High varsity girls' basketball and softball coach and K-12 STEM Curriculum Administrative Supervisor for the schools.
"They exemplify all that we expect from our athletes here. They are student athletes - student being the first word. They have great character, great sportsmanship and they are true leaders in the school. Well-deserving honor for the two of them."
Sullivan coaches both Crimmins and Zuk in basketball and also coaches Zuk in the spring during softball season. Crimmins also plays soccer and is part of the spring track team, while Zuk, in addition to basketball and soccer, is a standout volleyball player at SHS.
"Both of them are multiple sport athletes who have done everything right since day one since they've been here," Stoughton High Athletic Director Ryan Donahue said, noting there were many worthy candidates to represent SHS at this event, but Crimmins and Zuk "stood out."
"I was honored that coach [Sullivan] nominated us to go in to be the only two to represent our school," Zuk said.
"They had a list of all the schools and all the names [attending] and to think that out of all those girls - there were over 300 girls there - we were two of them, makes you feel pretty important," Crimmins added.
The girls heard from a number of influential women with sports-related careers, including keynote speaker Amy Latimer, TD Garden President.
Sullivan joined Crimmins and Zuk at the event (Sullivan was actually honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 2010 gathering, Donahue said).
Sullivan said National Girls and Women in Sports Day is a day to recognize how far women have come in the field of sports, while promoting the skills and confidence that will help to develop future female role models and leaders in this arena.
Both Crimmins and Zuk enjoyd their experience at the event.
"All the speakers were motivational," Crimmins said. "Everyone that got up and talked they had something good to say about sports and how important they really are and how important they are to both of our lives. I can't imagine not playing sports and not making all the friendships that you make and the skills that you learn."
Zuk added, "You realize how much sports teaches you. Whether or not you continue on with sports, you realize it's your foundation for things you do - you're always going to have that teammate you don't get along with or boss you won't get along with - so it really tied it together, how it relates to the real world."