United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich presents a Distinguished Service Award to Senior Games Track and Field standout “Phil” Raschker.
Philippa “Phil” Raschker, a resident of Marietta, Ga., who has set more than 200 world and U.S. records in her age group for senior track and field, was the winner of a 2009 Distinguished Service Award (DSA) from the United States Sports Academy.
Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich presented Raschker with her DSA in Atlanta on 5 December 2009.
Described by The New York Times as the greatest female track athlete of all time if her age is taken into consideration, the 62-year-old dominated at the 2009 National Senior Games, 1-15 August in San Francisco. While competing in the 60-64 age group, Raschker competed in 11 track and field events and won seven of them: 100, 200, 400 and the long jump, triple jump, high jump and the pole vault.
Two years ago, after turning 60, Raschker won 10 gold medals at the World Masters Championships in Italy, winning every event she entered. She has twice been nominated for the Sullivan Award, which is given to the nation’s top amateur athlete.
The DSA is given annually to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sports through instruction, research or service. The DSA is separate from the Academy’s Awards of Sport and each recipient also receives the coveted Order of the Eagle Exemplar for their achievements.
Each nominee must possess an extensive background in sports. This means that the individual must have had significant dealings in either instruction, research or service in sports for more than 10 years.