During the 18th Annual TCSAA Recognition Dinner Grace Iafrate accepted the Victory Angelosante Award after being nominated based on her dedication to physical activity for all children. Photo courtesy of Cristina da Silva

North York principal earns top TCSAA sport award

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  • May 22, 2012

TORONTO - Grace Iafrate does one thing really well — she gets kids moving.

For this, she has received the 2012 Victor Angelosante Award.

"(I) look at sport as an avenue, a way to bring out other talents and gifts," said Iafrate, principal at St. Boniface Catholic School in North York. "It's a great honour to be recognized with the 17 other (past) recipients."

Named after Victor Angelosante, who passed away from cancer and left a legacy of dedication to student athletics in the Toronto Catholic District School Board, the award recognizes a board employee's years of involvement in student athletics.

Presented at the 18th Annual Toronto Catholic School Athletic Association's Recognition Dinner May 17, Iafrate accepted her award surrounded by family, colleagues and former coaches.

Prior to becoming St. Boniface's principal two years ago, Iafrate was an accomplished coach of both basketball and soccer. During her 10 years as a physical education teacher at Cardinal Leger Catholic School, Iafrate captured five city championships, placed first in the Toronto Raptors' girls invitational tournament and was named 2003 Coach of Year for the Scarborough region.

Now, despite her demanding administrative responsibilities, Iafrate still finds time to coach at St. Boniface, and it's not just the students getting her guidance.

"I have some young staff members who come in to me and ask for advice or I work with them on the field of play," said Iafrate.

This mentoring helped pull seven division championships to the school since 2010.

"But it's not about that, it's about these kids," said Iafrate, who implemented a mandatory 10-minute daily physical activity program in her school. "We want to develop children to their greatest potential. If they're healthy physically they're going to be better able to sit down and learn."

David Pagniello, TCSAA's city president, said it's this attitude, not just city championships, that won Iafrate the award.

"It's really recognition from all her peers for all the dedication and hard work to athletics and students," said Pagniello. "To receive this award is fairly special. All the people that have received this award are very notable people that have dedicated years and years to athletics, our students (and) to the organization."

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