By Stacy Hicklin Bauman
Kristin Huckshorn had no idea what special gift her husband had in the works. Upon hearing the news, the gesture moved her to tears.
Huckshorn’s husband, Dr. Martin Doerfler, had heard about the Association for Women in Sports Media for years. He watched the pride spread across the face of his wife whenever she spoke about the organization. It wasn’t just a group she joined during her career — it was a group she and three other women founded some two and half decades ago.
“Kristin obviously has had a phenomenal career in sports journalism and AWSM has always been very important to her,” Doerfler said. “And she thinks so highly of the [internship] program and sees it as one of the biggest successes of AWSM.”
Doerfler committed to donating a scholarship ($1,250 a year) for the next five years. The scholarship begins in the summer of 2014 and will be called, “The Founders’ Scholarship,” in honor of AWSM’s four founders: Huckshorn, Nancy Cooney, Michelle Himmelberg and Susan Fornoff.
In 1986, the four friends decided there was a need for a support-group type of organization for female journalists. They began sending letters to women on the Associated Press Sports Editors’ mailing list asking them to join a new organization. Soon, the Association for Women in Sports Media was born.
Huckshorn, who is a patient advocacy project director for The Dartmouth Institute, has more than three decades of journalism experience — including stops at ESPN and the New York Times. The Indiana University graduate lives in the New York City area with her husband and her 15-old-old son, Jack Quang-Huy Larimer.
Cooney is a coordinating producer at ESPN, Himmelberg is a pubic relations director for Disneyland and Fornoff is the founder of GottaGoGolf.
Please contact Stacy Hicklin Bauman, Vice President of Student Programing, to find out more about donating a scholarship.