She received the recognition Saturday at the UPEI athletic awards gala after being selected by athletics director Chris Huggan, the athletics student leadership group and varsity coaches.
“Kelly is a strong, driven individual who holds the highest respect from everyone who knows her,” Huggan said of the Charlottetown native. “Her trustworthy character, leadership and mentoring qualities are a shining example to everyone. She is an integral part of the leadership group, which helped create new initiatives for the athletics department.”
Mullaly, the university’s former athletics director, died in December. She was 70.
Mary Lou Turner, Mullaly’s partner, presented the award to Green, a centre back in her second season with the Panthers.
“Barb’s family and friends are very pleased that the university is honouring Barb’s legacy in this way, and I was excited to be part of the inaugural presentation to a deserving student-athlete and leader.”
The award, created by Mullaly’s family and friends, former students and colleagues, is granted to a returning academic all-Canadian student-athlete in their first undergraduate studies program, who displays a positive attitude and the qualities of leadership and mentorship that Mullaly exhibited throughout her university career in education.
“We are honoured to recognize the many great contributions that Barb made to athletics at UPEI during her long, outstanding career,” Huggan said. “Her legacy will live on through this award and the wonderful example she set as a leader in the field of sport.”
Mullaly’s four-decade career as a classroom instructor, coach and nationally decorated athletic administrator began in 1967 at Prince of Wales College. When UPEI was formed in 1969, she began a long career at the university, initially as the first women’s basketball and field hockey coach. She served as director of athletics for 13 years and retired in 2006 as the university’s first director of wellness and fair treatment advocate.
Mullaly served as president of Atlantic University Sport (AUS), and chaired numerous committees and sports. Upon retirement, she was awarded an honorary lifetime membership in the AUS. She was the longtime chairwoman of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) finance committee and a member of the CIS executive committee. She was awarded the CIS Austin-Matthews Award in 2007 for outstanding service to university sport in Canada during her career.
She was named a Founder of UPEI in 2010.