SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Congratulations are in order for Chatham High tennis player Scarlet Blydenburgh, who was honored at the "National Girls & Women in Sports Day" held Sunday at Seton Hall University.
Each year, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association honors one girl from each high school in the state as the National Girls and Women in Sports Day recipient. Blydenburgh, a senior, was honored as the representative from Chatham High School.
“It was a great experience and I’m never going to forget it,” said Blydenburgh, “from the commentators at the event to the basketball game afterward, it was an amazing time.”
“I never knew about the event until Mr. (Bill) Librera (Chatham High’s assistant principal) called me down and told me about it. He told me I was selected as the representative and I was really honored.”
Blydenburgh added that she felt especially honored because there are many other deserving candidates at Chatham High.
Blydenburgh played No. 1 singles for Chatham High for four years and helped Chatham win four Morris County Tournament team titles. She also won three individual Morris County championships at No. 1 singles.
“It really made me reflect on all the good times I had as a tennis player,” Blydenburgh said.
The event featured numerous speakers, many of whom inspired Blydenburgh. She recalled one story of a woman who tried out for a little league baseball team and was disqualified from participating due to her gender. Through Title IX, she was able to fight the disqualification and play for her team again.