CMU Hall Of Famer Receives Prestigious Forsythe Award

Gina Mazzolini
March 30, 2016 EAST LANSING, Mich. – Former Central Michigan two-sport standout Gina Mazzolini received the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Charles E. Forsythe Award Saturday during the Class A boys basketball state championship game at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University.

Mazzolini, who was inducted into the Central Michigan University Marcy Weston Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992, was a basketball and volleyball standout at CMU from 1974-78. She is a retiring MHSAA assistant director, having served Michigan high school student-athletes for more than 30 years in ways that will continue to impact schools and athletes for years to come.

“It’s one of those things where I’ve worked in this position because I loved doing it,” Mazzolini said. “I enjoyed working with the adult coaches and adult officials, and then the student-athletes. And then to be recognized by my peers for this award … I’m appreciative and humbled. You do those things because you enjoy them.”

The annual award is in its 39th year and named in honor of Charles E. Forsythe, the MHSAA’s first and longest-serving executive director. Forsythe Award recipients are selected by the MHSAA Representative Council, based on long-term contributions to the interscholastic athletics community.

Mazzolini has served the MHSAA since 1993 and is the administrator for girls volleyball, swimming and diving, alpine skiing and tennis.

She also handles the sanctioning of out-of-state competitions and serves as the MHSAA’s point person on foreign exchange and international student issues. She will receive a citation from the National Federation of State High School Associations this summer and was the 2010 recipient of the MHSAA’s Women in Sports Leadership Award.

"Gina Mazzolini has shaped rules and policies that have impacted programs not only in our state, but nationally, to maintain both a level playing field and a safe one as well," MHSAA Executive Director John E. "Jack" Roberts said. "She continues to provide vision, leadership and dedication on a variety of levels. We are proud to present Gina Mazzolini with a Charles E. Forsythe Award."

Mazzolini, a St. Johns native, is also a member of the Michigan High School Ski Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She finished her CMU basketball career as the leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker in program history, and still ranks in the top 10 in career field goal percentage, rebounds and rebounding average. She still holds the single-game rebounding record (24).
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