Austin resident to receive award at National Girls and Women in Sports Day event

ST. PAUL — Liz Erickson of Austin received the Marie Berg Award in Education at the 24th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day Wednesday at the state capitol.

Erickson  taught middle school and high school health and physical education in Lake City and also coached volleyball and basketball. She worked for many years at the state girls tennis, volleyball, basketball, gymnastics and track tournaments.

As an athlete, Erickson played in the first game of the single season state girls basketball tournament at the Met Center in 1976, participated on the Austin High track team that placed second in the state meet, and played on the AHS volleyball team that played in the state tournament in 1975. Erickson was the first female athlete inducted into the AHS Hall of Fame in 1992.

Currently she is a pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Elkton.

The 2010 Girls and Women in Sports Day honored 25 individuals in five separate categories. Award recipients are nominated by schools, community organizations, recreation centers, and amateur and professional sports organizations.

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