Ruggiero Named President-Elect of Women’s Sports Foundation

Angela Ruggiero is Harvard's all-time leading defenseman point scorer (USA Hockey).

Anglea Ruggiero ’02-04, one of the most decorated players in Harvard women’s hockey history, has been named president-elect of the Women’s Sports Foundation, the organization announced this week. Ruggiero will serve a two-year term in office, beginning in 2013, and will succeed Laila Ali.

“I can't think of a better, more capable leader for the Women's Sports Foundation, and I look forward to enthusiasm and vision she will bring to this important organization,” said fellow Harvard standout and Ruggiero’s defensive partner at Harvard and with Team USA Caitlin Cahow ’07-08. “Angela is truly unique in her inability to rest on her laurels. Whether its graduating cum laude from Harvard, leading Team USA to four Olympic medals, bringing the joy and freedom of sport to countries around the world through Right to Play or becoming a progressive outspoken voice on the International Olympic Committee, her passion and drive never cease.

“Her accomplishments thus far could fill three lifetimes, yet she is hungry for new and greater challenges. I have been inspired by her first hand as a teammate and friend, and look forward to the tremendous impact she will undoubtedly have at the Women's Sports Foundation.”

A four-time, first-team All-America selection, Ruggiero became the third Harvard player to take home the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award in 2004, giving Harvard four of the first seven trophies awarded. She is the sixth all-time leading scorer in Harvard program history with 253 points on 96 goals and 157 assists, and is the top-scoring blue-liner in team history. Her 256 games played for Team USA are the most in program history, and she ended her international career with 208 points on 67 goals and 141 assists.

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