November 20, 2003
Ginny Gilder '79, a former Yale crew athlete, has been selected to receive the NCAA's prestigious Silver Anniversary Award for 2004. The Silver Anniversary Award recognizes former student-athletes who have distinguished themselves since completing their college athletics careers 25 years ago. The recipients will be honored Sunday, January 11, at the Honors Dinner during the annual NCAA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
Gilder was a member of the varsity crew team at Yale from 1977 to 1979 before earning a spot on the United States national team in 1982 and 1983. She also was a member of the 1980 and 1984 Olympic teams. A 1984 Olympic silver medalist as the stroke in the quadruple sculls, Gilder also earned a bronze medal in the single sculls at the 1983 World Championships.
Since 1998, Gilder has worked as a principal at Volute, Inc., a consulting firm that assists nonprofit and public service organizations in expanding their abilities to deliver results with respect to their core missions. From 1991 to 1996, she served as founder and executive director of Washington Works, a nonprofit job training and placement center for welfare recipients in Seattle that was successful in transitioning homeless individuals from the street to the work force.
Gilder provided the lead gift to build Gilder Boathouse, the newly constructed rowing facility at Yale. She also is on the board of directors for the Seattle Girls School, and a member of the United States Rowing Association's board of directors.
The award winners were selected by the NCAA Honors Committee, which is composed of eight athletics administrators at member institutions and nationally distinguished citizens who are former student-athletes. Potential candidates are nominated by NCAA member institutions and selected by the committee.