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Virginia Gilder '79 to Receive NCAA Silver Anniversary Award

Virginia Gilder '79 to Receive NCAA Silver Anniversary Award

Dec. 1, 2003

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Virginia (Ginny) Gilder '79, a former member of the Yale varsity rowing team and lead gift provider for the newly-constructed Gilder Boathouse, will be one of six people awarded the 2004 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. The distinction honors former student-athletes who have distinguished themselves since completing their college athletic careers 25 years ago.

Award candidates were nominated by NCAA member institutions and winners were selected by the NCAA Honors Committee.

Following her time at Yale, Gilder earned spots on the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic teams and competed on the national team in 1982 and 1983. A winner of the 1984 Olympic silver medal as the stroke in the quadruple sculls, she also obtained a bronze medal in the single sculls at the 1983 World Championships.

Gilder donated the lead gift to build the Gilder Boathouse, a newly-constructed Yale rowing facility in Derby, Conn.

Gilder has worked as a principal at Volute, Inc., a consulting firm that assists non-profit 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 non-profit job training and placement center for welfare recipients in Seattle.

Gilder, along with five other award winners, will be recognized at the Honors Dinner during the annual NCAA Convention on January 11, 2004, in Nashville, Tenn.