PHOENIX, AZ – 48 Arizona Women and the Arizona Historical Society have selected the 48 Most Intriguing Women of Arizona for 2022, among them an astronaut, a fire department chief, and Amy Bockerstette, a young collegiate golfer with Down syndrome. The 48 Arizona Women project honors professional and non-professional women from diverse backgrounds whose leadership and commitment contribute in a positive way to the future of Arizona.
Amy Bockerstette is a student athlete at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, Arizona, where she plays golf on a full scholarship and studies Dance. She is the first person with Down syndrome to receive an athletic scholarship to attend college and in May 2021 made history again and international headlines when she competed in the NJCAA Women’s Golf Championship. During a practice round with pro golfer Gary Woodland at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open, Amy parred the iconic 16th hole. The video capturing that moment has over 51 million views.
“The 48 Arizona Women project was created to raise awareness for the impact of the work women are doing to improve and enhance their communities and the lives of all Arizonans,” said Connie Robinson, chair of the 48 Arizona Women Steering Committee. “In their unique way, from social justice and education to technology, entrepreneurship and the arts, these 48 women are working in a meaningful way to support and better their cities and towns throughout our state.”
Honorees will be featured in a 140-plus page coffee table book titled: Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women—A New Decade, telling each woman’s story in words and photos. Honorees will also be formally recognized during a 48 Women Luncheon on April 29, 2022, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort.
“Our goal is to incorporate the book into the Arizona school curriculum as well as make it available in libraries around the state,” Robinson pointed out. “Children need everyday role models who bring meaningful change to their lives and the communities in which they live.”
“I am so excited to be included in this amazing group of Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women. I can’t wait to see the book and meet the other women!” said Amy Bockerstette.
Now 11 years old, 48 Arizona Women, the sponsoring organization based in Scottsdale, started as an official Arizona Centennial Project in 2010 to recognize the state’s most remarkable women having a significant impact in their communities. The organization’s mission is to transform lives, build stronger communities and help positively shape Arizona and the nation.48 Arizona Women is a partner of Friends of Arizona Historical Society, Inc.
Amy Bockerstette and her family established the I GOT THIS Foundation to promote golf instruction and playing opportunities for people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities. The organization’s vision is that golf reflects the diversity of society in its inclusion of athletes with intellectual disabilities. The Foundation was launched by Amy Bockerstette and her family on her twenty-first birthday in 2019.