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Arden Curtis

May 4, 1936 - March 20, 2013
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REMEMBRANCE - There will be a Gathering of Remembrance held on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm ath The Atrium on the NFA campus in Norwich, CT. ARDEN L. CURTIS 5/4/36 - 3/20/13 Arden Curtis was involved in the promotion of the Girls' and Women's Sports for over 50 years. After having been an outstanding athlete in high school, Arden attended college in Worcester, MA where she majored in English. Two years later, she transferred to UCONN where she received her BS Degree in Physical Education, followed by a BA Degree in Guidance. Arden was a high school physical education teacher for 32 years, 28 of which were spent at...
REMEMBRANCE -
There will be a Gathering of Remembrance held on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm ath The Atrium on the NFA campus in Norwich, CT.

ARDEN L. CURTIS
5/4/36 - 3/20/13

Arden Curtis was involved in the promotion of the Girls' and Women's Sports for over 50 years. After having been an outstanding athlete in high school, Arden attended college in Worcester, MA where she majored in English. Two years later, she transferred to UCONN where she received her BS Degree in Physical Education, followed by a BA Degree in Guidance. Arden was a high school physical education teacher for 32 years, 28 of which were spent at Norwich Free Academy where she was involved in the intramural program and founded the boys' and girls' Class Leader's Club, serving as it's advisor until she retired in 1990.

Arden was a Girls' Basketball Official for 5 years during the 1960's. She also coached several girls' varsity teams including: Synchronized Swimming (Manchester High School); Head Gymnastic Coach (began the team in '72 with S. J. Shearer and J. Alexopoulos); Head Coach and founder of the Girl's Cross Country team from '73 - '77 with a 39-11 record and 1975 Class Runner-up; and began the Girls' Track and Field team with S.J. Shearer and J. Alexopoulos in 1972, serving as assistant coach in '72 and head coach from '73-'77 with a 51-11 record.

Beginning in 1962, Arden contributed to the CIAC by serving as the Southeastern Regional Chairman, organizing Sportsdays and Playdays, followed by the CIAC Girls' Activities Committee Chairmanship overseeing all State level programs and organizing and supervising week-end clinics for high school teachers and coaches. In 1967 she joined the Girls' Athletic Committee, which was an advisory committee to the Principal's organiation. She initiated and assisted in the organization of several State Tournaments and was the High School Consultant to the National Association for Girls' and Women's Sports from 1972 - 75.

In 1972-74, Arden organized and conducted a statewide public relations program for girls' interscholastic sports. She interviewed all of the newspaper sportswriters in Connecticut and explained the programs that were established regionally and on state leve; communicated with each high school sports' department as to methods required by each newspaper for publication of their game results; communicated with each high school principal in order to begin or expand their respective girls' varsity program; and appeared on Channel 3 to get parents and schools more involved in the promotion of girls' programs. In 1974-79, Arden became a member-at-large for girls' sports when she initiated and implemented a merger of girls' sports into the CT Hich School Coaches Association.

Arden received recognition from several organizations for her many years of service to girls' and women's sports. Her awards included: Multiple Sclerosis Special Award for Outstanding Leadership in Girls' Athletice in 1976; CT Association of Secondary Schools Commendation in 1978, awarded for being the individual who contributed the most to the expansion of girls' varsity programs in CT; New Agenda-Northeast Hall of Fame inductee in 1992; Honorary Induction Award into the CT Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993; Norwich Sports Hall of Fame inductee in 1996; and Honorary Induction Award into the CT Women's Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.

In addition to all of Arden's professional positions and related activities, she was an accomplished wood carver. She specialized in carving shore birts and hummingbirds and in 1980 was awarded a blue ribbon at the Rose Arts Tent Show in Norwich. Arden also made belt buckles, vases, oven rack sticks, fish and bird mobiles, wall clocks, and children's toys, which included fire trucks, log trucks, dump trucks, racing cars, pull toys, etc. Each summer you could find her with her display at art shows in Norwich, Mystic, Branford, Westbrook, etc. in Connecticut. She also travelled to Rutland, VT and Cape Cod, MA.

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