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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 2:12 pm

On Sunday, November 4th Jeanne Craigie of Stoneham was honored to be part of the 2012 Class of 10 Women from 6 states to be inducted into the New Agenda Northeast Women's Hall of Fame.  The ceremony was held at the Woodland Golf Club in Newton, MA.

When a major knee injury curtailed her athletic career, Craigie was in the right place and the right time. Through Title IX a new path for women was being developed and Jeanne became the first women trainer at Boston Bouve College of Northeastern University--a post she held from 1970 to 1979. During those first ten years, she had the "privilege" of working with legendary coaches and athletes as the athletic trainer responsible for the medical needs of women athletes. In 1974·she was named the "Woman of the Year "at Northeastern University.

Jeanne was the 17th certified female athletic trainer in the US. She served on the certification committee for NATA 1974-1993. In 1981 she served on the NU Athletic Steering committee. She was the Team NE Women's Lacrosse Team trainer and the on-site trainer for the 1976 World Games Women's Basketball Team. From 1982-1986 Jeanne was the athletic trainer for all sports at Stoneham High School.  Jeanne has spent her entire life committed to service with and for children. She has done this as a trainer, mother, and member of the Stoneham School Committee.


The New Agenda: Northeast was founded in the spring of1986 by Mary Lydon, President of the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; Mary Pratt, Past Vice President of the Division for Girls’ and Women’s Sport for the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; and Mark Colon, Education Director for the New England Sports Museum.  It was based on the National New Agenda, established in 1983 through the efforts and leadership of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, an Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, and The Women’s Sport Foundation.

The NAGWS granted permission for the use of the name, New Agenda, and plans were developed by the New Agenda: Northeast to hold a New Agenda: Northeast Conference at the Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, on December 6 and 7, 1987.


At the spring 1988 meeting of the New Agenda: Northeast Committee, it was voted to establish the Women’s Hall of Fame.  A call for nominations was sent out and six women, selected from the nominations received, were inducted as Charter Members at the 1988 Conference, held at Smith College in November, 1988.

Each year since then, members of the Women’s Hall of Fame have nominated new members.  Rep resentatives of the Hall of Fame also serve on the Selection Committee.  As of November, 2012, a total of 399 women have been honored.  Their professional responsibilities include teaching coaching, officiating, advocating, and mentoring in both public and private schools, at the college level, and in community recreation and sport programs.


The New Agenda: Northeast has provided leadership for girls and women in sport for the past twenty-four years.  The program, directions; emphases, and goals continue to address the changing needs of girls and women in sport.

Craigie’s comments:

Alpha Alexander, co-founder of the Black Women in Sports Foundation once said:

“Know yourself. Never forget where you came from, and reach back to help someone else come forward too.” 

Today I am honored and humbled to stand before you and accept this nomination, something I never dreamed would happen to the little kid from Stoneham. I am grateful my Parents insisted I go to college and thankful they supported each decision I made throughout their lives. I thank my family and friends who are here today for their love, support and understanding over the many years when I was off being the Athletic Trainer  or the  School Committee Member or at any other meeting I had to attend, doing what I have devoted my life to… education and service!

I thank all the members of the Hall of Fame Committee for their work and diligence to preserve the history and advocate for girls and women in sports. I also wish to congratulate my fellow recipients.

As I looked over the long list of past Hall of Famers, I was struck by the caliber of women that preceded this class; many were my Teachers, my Colleagues, my Mentors and my Students, and others were my fiercest competitors during the days when I could run! And that competitor would be Cindy Hemenway, her confidence, friendship and loyalty has lasted over 40 long years . She is responsible for submitting my name to the committee and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you!

I started this journey in 1969 a tumultuous time in our country and for women and girls in sports. I have often said, if it were not for the women of yesterday, the women of sport today would never play in the arenas of tomorrow.

Let me end with a quote from President Bill Clinton on the 25th anniversary of Title IX:

“Today we celebrate how far we've come. But we must also recommit ourselves to Title IX’s goal of equality in all education, for too many school and education programs still drag their feet and lag behind in their responsibility to our young women and girls.” I know that your mission and mine will be to do that ...for as the Motto over Boston Bouve’ College at Northeastern University read…One enters to learn and then goes Forth to Serve.

Thank you for this honor and all that you will and continue to do! The little kid from Stoneham is a Hall of Famer…a dream come true!

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