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The Capital District Sports Women of the Year (CDSWOY) program celebrates outstanding female student-athletes from high schools and colleges in New York’s Capital District. Founded by Eric McDowell of The Eric Idea Agency, this initiative honors those excelling in academics, athletics, and community service. With a rich history in promoting women’s sports, Mr. McDowell established the CDSWOY program in 2018, achieving 501(c)(3) status by 2019. The program invites nominations from local Athletic Directors, with honorees chosen by a media committee.

CDSWOY group shot

Photo by Lauren Hull Photography.

Don’t miss the next event!

The Capital District Sports Women of the Year Awards Gala will take place on Monday, August 12, 2024 at the GE Theatre at Proctors.


Relive Our Past Galas

Our video library captures the highlights of past events, showcasing the incredible achievements of our honorees. Watch as we celebrate the best and brightest female student-athletes in the Capital District, featuring heartfelt speeches, award presentations, and unforgettable moments. Join us in honoring their dedication, hard work, and contributions to their communities.

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