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In 1989, this award was established in honor of Rachel Bryant, a pioneer and architect in the field of sport for girls and women. Bryant served NAGWS as Executive Director from 1950-1971, providing strong leadership and encouraging futuristic thinking and planning.
The recipient of this award is an individual who continues to carry on the spirit of this remarkable woman who gave so much to NAGWS and to the world of girls and women in sport.
The Rachel Bryant Award is presented annually at the Rachel Bryant Lecture during the NAGWS General Session of the AAHPERD National Convention. Acceptance of the award requires the honoree to present the Rachel Bryant Lecture at the National Convention.
The Rachel Bryant Award recipient is selected by the NAGWS Board of Directors and the Chair of the Rachel Bryant Lecture Committee.