At the Saturday night party in conjunction with the 2015 Howe Cup, the Women’s Committee of US Squash presented two annual awards, both to National Capital Squash women.
Congratulations to AJ Copeland who won the prestigious Achievement Award, and to Mona Butterfield – whose passion and dedication to squash are demonstrated in her
organizing the National Capital Squash C and D level DC teams despite the fact she herself can no longer play — for the Sportsmanship Award.
Here is the US Squash write up on the awards:
The revered Saturday night party took place at the Boston Aquarium where the Feron’s Wedgwood Sportsmanship Trophy and Women’s Achievement Bowl were presented to surprise winners, Mona Butterfield and AJ Copeland respectively. Both Butterfield and Copeland are active in National Capital Squash. Despite continued knee problems which now keep Mona away from actual competition, Mona can be relied on to rally the D.C. beginners to participate in Howe Cup. An emotional Butterfield, on receiving her award, admitted how many feel—Squash is her life and injury will not stop her from being part of the action.
Copeland, an extremely popular winner of the Achievement Award this year, has lead the D.C. women’s community for over ten years and also has served as co-chair of the Women’s committee for the last six. Completely blindsided this year, Copeland’s heartfelt speech encapsulated the feelings of many, “Squash has given me so much more than I have ever given squash, not least of all because of the dear friends I have made through the sport.”