Hall of Fame Inductee – Reunion 2007
Cara Gizzi values the varied experiences—academic, cultural, and athletic—that she gained at Drew. In return, she contributed her talents to campus life, and continues to do so in the wider world.
A three-sport athlete, Cara not only excelled in field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse, but was captain or co-captain of all three teams. She set a single-game record in field hockey in 1993, with four goals and one assist in the Drew Fall Festival. A three-time Mid-Atlantic Conference All-Academic Team member who was selected to play in the Division III North-South All-Star game, she was named to the All-MAC second team in 1993 and first team in 1994, when she was also a Regional All-American and the NJAIAW Woman Athlete of the Year. She led the team in goals (11) in her junior year, and in goals (16) and assists (10) as a senior. Upon graduation, she ranked second in career points and third in career goals and career assists.
Cara was the 1991-92 MAC Rookie of the Year in basketball, which she captained her senior year, graduating fifth in career rebounds and sixth in career points after sitting out her junior year with stress fractures. A newcomer to lacrosse in her first year at Drew, she led the term in interceptions and ground balls in her senior year and was a 1995 MAC All-Star and Regional All-American. Drew recognized her many talents by naming her the 1994-95 Sherman Plato Young Scholar and the 1995 Female Athlete of the Year, and the NCAA awarded her a postgraduate scholarship.
Since her magna cum laude graduation, with a major in behavioral science and a minor in business management, Cara has gone on to integrate her interests in sports, business, and public welfare. She earned a master’s degree in sport management at Ohio State University while working in Ohio State’s Athletic Department, initiating and organizing sponsorship sales and promotional activities and creating a community relations program to involve local youth in sports activities. Her efforts earned her Ohio State’s Presidential Award for community service and academic achievement. Cara next moved to Conventures, Inc., where she managed sporting, cultural, political, and business events throughout New England. In 1999 she joined The Walt Disney Company’s Radio Disney, first to create marketing campaigns and events for the Boston station, then to open and run a new Radio Disney station in Albany, New York.
Currently Cara is back in Boston with the Radio Disney Integrated Marketing Department, managing a whole range of family-themed events and programs from sports and music to nutrition and literacy. She and her husband, Keith, live in Plymouth, Massachusetts, close to Cara’s native Cape Cod, with their two children, Hugo (3) and Lucia (5 months).