SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Spotswood High School senior Jessica Addesso was honored on Sunday at the 34th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Seton Hall University. Addesso was one of nearly 200 student athletes from high schools throughout the Garden State to be nominated to attend the event, which was sponsored by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.
"This celebration inspires girls and women to play and be active, to realize their full power," said Spotswood High School Athletic Director Michael DelAlversano. "The confidence, strength and character gained through sports participation are the very tools girls and women need to become strong leaders in sports and life."
Addesso was nominated by her longtime basketball coach Vincent Vizzi. The final selection was made by the Spotswood High School Athletic Department. Addesso was the first student athlete from Spotswood High School to attend a National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration.
"Jessica is a great student who has taken on a true leadership role this year on the basketball team," DelAversano added.
"When I found out about this award by the NJSIAA, I was honored to make some nominations to represent Spotswood High School," Vizzi said. "Ultimately I am very happy Jessica was able to represent our school. After listening to the opening remarks from Sunday's luncheon, Jessica checked off many, if not all the characteristics that were described. As a female athlete she is a role model, a leader in the community and a passionate competitor."
Vizzi has coached Addesso on the court since sixth grade when he coached the Memorial Middle School girls basketball team before moving over to the high school's girls basketball program. Addesso was a four-year varsity starter on the court and also ran cross country and track for the Chargers.