Inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 1985

Growing up in Willimantic, Shapiro was active in athletics at Windham High School, taking part in the sports opportunities available to girls at that time. She was part of winning teams in the intramural program in badminton, basketball, softball, and volleyball and officiated at games the volleyball, basketball, and badminton. She was one of ten high school students selected to represent Windham High School at the University of Connecticut’s “Play Day,” an intercollegiate event for women’s athletics that emphasized “playing with” rather than “playing against” since competition for women was seen as less desirable than for men. Shapiro received a student award for physical fitness and recreation and an athletic letter.

In 1964 she graduated with a degree in physical education from Boston University, where she was selected as a student teacher for a pilot program in physical education and organized the Physical Education curriculum and program. She went on to teach physical education in Nashville public schools and later studied for a master’s degree in physical education at the University of Connecticut.

She was involved with the Women’s Bowling League in Newington from 1971-1982 and participated in three tournaments; she also participated in tennis tournaments, was a chair umpire for several events, and a leader in the Newington Tennis Club, one of the first Jewish residents to join. She won recognition in women’s doubles and mixed doubles events at the Tennis Center of Wethersfield and the Newington Tennis Club.

In the Jewish community, she organized a Jewish Senior Adult Group for the Newington Senior Social Club in 1975 and was active in Congregation B’nai Sholom and its Sisterhood.