Gina Sperry, an associate athletic director for Rhode Island Athletics, was honored and inducted into the New Agenda: Northeast Hall of Fame at a luncheon at the Woodland Golf Club in Newton, Mass. on November 3, 2013.
The New Agenda: Northeast is an organization that promotes the advancement and recognizes the achievements of girls and women in sports throughout New England.
Sperry was nominated and selected by the current Hall of Fame members. She was chosen for her outstanding qualifications and significant contributions to girls and women in sports.
Sperry serves on several committees: NCAA Division I Track & Field Committee, co-chair of the Atlantic 10 Conference Track & Field Committee, URI President’s Commission on the Status of Women, URI Association for Professional and Academic Women (past president), and Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.
Since coming to URI in September 2002, Sperry has been an academic advisor/learning specialist for men’s basketball and men’s track & field squads, and has worked with the gymnastics, soccer, swimming, softball, rowing, and women’s basketball teams. In addition to her academic work with student-athletes, Sperry also served as the coordinator for the Rhody Life Skills Program.
During her own athletic career, Sperry was a national-class distance runner. She was a National Amateur Champion at 10-kilometers in 1986. Sperry also qualified for the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the Marathon and finished 18th at the 1986 Boston Marathon.