Helen Phillips Parker, Massachusetts – 1992
Helen’s involvement in women’s sports goes back to 1941 through 1945 when she coached at Adelphi University. Since then she has maintained a constant involvement until her retirement from Boston State College in 1980.
During those many years, Helen was a competitor, teacher, coach and official in field hockey, basketball, softball, tennis, and swimming. After a two year respite from Adelphi, when she served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946, Helen returned to teach at the University of Wisconsin, Arnold College, Radcliffe College, Sargent College, and finished her long and distinguished career at Boston State College.
Helen held ratings and conducted clinics, workshops, and served as a rating judge in all of the above sports. She worked tirelessly to encourage young women to become rated officials.
On April 26, 1982, Helen was awarded a plaque from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Affiliated Board of Officials of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport to recognize the many contributions which she had made to officiating in girls and women’s sports. Ironically, it was after a delay of many years before she received the award and placed it on her wall along with the many other honors she has received.