Two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, Brandi Chastain, will deliver the keynote and the luncheon will honor local distinguished women for their service within the community
The luncheon will recognize the local honorees in two categories: Stacey Allaster (USTA), Trish Highland (Orange and Lake County Public Schools), and Kay Rawlins (Orlando City Foundation) will receive the Women in Sports Leadership Award, while Megan Rose (USTA) will receive the Rising Star Award.
The Women in Sports Leadership Award recognizes leaders who have helped make the sports industry in Greater Orlando the success it is today. It is an honor reserved for those who have given their time, energy and passion to improving the industry and taking it in new directions.
Stacey Allaster is the United States Tennis Association’s Chief Executive, Professional Tennis & US Open Tournament Director. In this position she is responsible for setting the strategic vision for the USTA’s pro tennis division, including oversight of the US Open and the developmental professional pathway of aspiring young Americans. She is the US Open’s first female Tournament Director in the USTA’s 140-year history. Throughout her career, Allaster has been a fierce advocate for equality in women’s sports, playing a lead role in driving prize money growth, and securing equal prize money for women at Wimbledon, Roland Garros, & all other major WTA events.
Trish Highland enjoyed a storied 30-year career as an interscholastic athletic administrator. From being the first female high school athletic director in the 6A classification in the state of Florida, to overseeing the overall athletic programs of two prominent school districts – Orange County Public Schools and Lake County Schools – she exemplifies the word leader. Highland has molded many aspiring athletic administrators that her stamp is firmly entrenched in Central Florida and the rest of the state. She was also inducted into the Special Olympics of Florida State Hall of Fame in 2008 and received the National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations Award for Outstanding Service in 2014.
Two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, two-time Olympic gold-medalist, coach and sports broadcaster, Brandi Chastain, will deliver the keynote address. As one of the most notable female soccer stars, Brandi played for the United Sates Women’s National Team from 1988-2004, earning 192 appearances (caps) on the team and scored 30 goals including the 1999 World Cup winning penalty kick. She was named to the USWNT All Time Best XI in 2013 and inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2017.
Registration and networking for the luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the program beginning promptly at noon. A limited number of Table Sponsorships are still available for $2,000. To purchase a table for the event or to learn about additional sponsorship opportunities, please contact Michael Kalinich at Michael@greaterorlandosports.com.Individual tickets are $75 and may be purchased online at https://greaterorlandosports.com/celebrating-women-in-sports/.