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Ali Hawkins

School

University of North Carolina

Position
Midfielder
Major
Economics and Political Science
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PTS
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Classroom

Ali Hawkins has a double major in economics and political science.  She is expected to graduate in December 2010, and she has a cumulative GPA of 3.8, including a 3.9 in economics and 3.8 in political science.  Hawkins is a Phi Beta Kappa selection at UNC, Dean’s List selection, National Merit Scholarship winner, and a member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2008, 2009 and 2010.  She was also an ACC All-Academic Women’s Soccer Team honoree for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Character

Hawkins is a member of the UNC Student-Athlete Advisory Council, serving as team representative to a committee speaking for more than 800 student-athletes and working with UNC administrators and the athletic director.  She overcame an ACL tear and a missed season in 2007 to return to captain the 2008 and 2009 NCAA champion teams.  Hawkins was honored as a two-time Tar Heel Leader of Distinction, the highest recognition given by the Carolina Leadership Academy.

Community

Hawkins established an intercollegiate group, Student Athletes Leading Social Change, to provide former and current student-athletes with an avenue to promote and participate in local, national and international social development through service activities.  She organized and instructed a soccer clinic for 50 children through Carolina for Kibera, raising money for female development through sport and education in the township of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. She organized and instructed a soccer clinic for 50 children of UNC employees through a program called Kids ROCK!  She founded a student organization entitled Unseen Hope to prevent child soldiering in Uganda by designing and selling T-shirts and raising over $6,000.  Hawkins is a leader of the athletic branch of Every Nation Campus Ministries at UNC.

Competition

A preseason Hermann Trophy candidate, Hawkins has led UNC to NCAA titles in her three competitive seasons — 2006, 2008 and 2009.  She missed 2007 when UNC advanced to NCAA third round.  She has been a member of UNC teams that won ACC championships in 2006, ‘07, ‘08 and ‘09.  She has captained the ‘08 and ‘09 squads and will also be a captain this season. She was the winner of the Kelly Muldoon Award, voted by teammates as the player who best exemplifies the core character values of the women’s soccer program, winning the honor in the 2008 and 2009 seasons.  She is currently a member of the U.S. U23 National Team, and she plays for the Los Angeles Pali Blues Women’s Semiprofessional soccer team.  She has also played as part of national teams in the U16, U17 and U20 age groups.