SLCC Athletic Director Norma Carr Wins YWCA Outstanding Achievement Award

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Salt Lake Community College Athletics Director Norma Carr will be presented with the YWCA outstanding achievement award at the YWCA’s 24th Annual Leader Luncheon. The first and only female Athletic Director in Utah history, Carr will be recognized for the pioneering role she has had in providing Utah’s women and girls with athletic and academic opportunities.

SLCC Athletic Director Norma Carr

SLCC Athletic Director Norma Carr

Salt Lake Community College Athletics Director Norma Carr will be presented with the YWCA outstanding achievement award at the YWCA’s 24th Annual Leader Luncheon.

Norma Carr will be recognized for her leadership and the pioneering role she has had in providing Utah’s women and girls with athletic and academic opportunities. Prior to becoming the first and only woman in Utah’s history to serve as athletic director for both men and women’s programs, Carr graduated from Brigham Young University as a five-sport athlete from BYU in 1969 and went on to receive her Master’s Degree at the University of Utah. In her role as SLCC Athletic Director, Carr oversaw the construction of the Lifetime Activities Center and Bruin Arena, Cate Field and the College’s softball diamond.

Carr was instrumental in bringing women's varsity athletics at the University of Utah, and was the school's first head coach in both softball and volleyball. She has received extraordinary professional recognition for the quality of her work and the influence she has had on women’s, high school and collegiate athletics, including being named the National Administrator of the Year in 2009.

Her teams have always finished among the top in the conference, having won numerous titles in the past 15 years. In 2009 the Men's Basketball team won the NJCAA National Championship. In both 2011 and 2012, the SLCC Women's Softball team was NJCAA National Champion runner-up.

Norma has been inducted into the Utah Softball Hall of Fame, the Utah Coaches of Merit Hall of Fame, and the UHSSA Officials Hall of Fame. In 2007 she was named to the UHSSA "Circle of Fame", and two years later was awarded the NJCAA National Administrator of the Year—the most prestigious award for athletic directors at U.S. two-year higher educational institutions.

About the College: Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 62,000 students each year, the College is responsive to Utah's economic development needs as the state's largest supplier of career and technical education programs. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with 13 sites, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 20 to 1.

About the YWCA: The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Since 1906 the YWCA Salt Lake City has been a voice for women, a force for change, and a place for hope. Guided by the belief that better lives for women – all women – will lead to stronger families and communities, the YWCA has responded to the needs and aspirations of local women with innovative programs, promoted the rights and interests of women, and advocated for positive social change that creates better lives for all.

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