Berger, Dr. Jean

Spallina, Joe
May 28, 2021
Gracey, Ruth
May 30, 2021

Berger, Dr. Jean

Dr. Jean Berger

Induction Year: 2020

Location: Ward Melville

Position: Athletic Administration and Coaching

Dr. Jean Berger at Ward Melville, Ruth Gracey at Port Jefferson, Jeannette Rogers at Babylon, Annamae McKeever-Kress at Sayville are being recognized for their trailblazing efforts as female pioneers in coaching and athletic administration.

They were instrumental in developing and organizing the Suffolk County Girls Athletic Association in 1949, 23 years prior to Title IX’s historic legislation.

Their persistence and dedication led to countless opportunities for girls to play and coach sports in Suffolk County.

They were diversifying the playing field long before it was the norm and their efforts, more than 70 years later were recognized.