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Erica Upton-Wurst wins Breaking Barriers Award
On December 8, Erica Upton-Wurst received the announcement that she is one of this year’s recipients of the Breaking Barriers Award, which “is designed for individuals or organizations that have broken barriers, overcome challenges and/or strive to provide athletic opportunities for girls and women of all races, all ages, and all levels of ability.”

The Breaking Barriers Award is one of five categories of awards given at Minnesota’s National Girls and Women in Sport Day event, a nationwide celebration recognizing the accomplishments of individuals in the promotion and advancement of girls’ and women’s sports. This event is sponsored by the Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership. Award recipients are nominated by schools, community organizations, recreation centers, and amateur and professional sports organizations. Mrs. Upton-Wurst was nominated by Lisa Myran-Schutte, Houston High School Athletic Director.

In the nomination, Mrs. Myran-Schutte cited Mrs. Upton-Wurst’s work as the first dance coach for Houston High School; the dance program started in 2005. Each year the dance team improved, culminating in Mrs. Upton-Wurst’s team advancing to the state competition last year, 2014. The girls on her teams benefit from her dedication to the sport and to them.

Mrs. Upton-Wurst will receive her award at an award ceremony to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at the Minnesota History Center. The public is welcome.

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