Lisa Knight, a physical education teacher and field hockey head coach at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS), has been selected an Unsung Heroine of 2013 by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW). A ceremony on April 29 at the State House will honor Ms. Knight and 82 other women chosen from across the state.
“Unsung Heroines are women who don’t always make the news, but truly make the difference in their communities, businesses, or other volunteer endeavors,” a letter Ms. Knight received from MCSW said. “You have been selected because you are a woman who, without fanfare or recognition, uses your time, talent, spirit, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others.”
Ms. Knight said she was nominated by State Representative Timothy R. Madden, at the suggestion of his legislative aide Kaylea Moore, an MVRHS graduate who played on her state championship field hockey team.
Employed at the high school since 1987, Ms. Knight currently teaches physical education classes and coaches field hockey. She also teaches an adaptive physical education class for special education students. As part of the program, which Ms. Knight began about four years ago, she trains and prepares the students to participate in the Special Olympics of Massachusetts. This year’s team of eight will be the high school’s largest, to date.