Pennsylvania State University
- Kinesiology (Movement Science)
A kinesiology major, Griffith holds a 3.95 cumulative GPA for the past two seasons. She has been named to the Academic All-Big Ten team. Last year, she earned the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award, which is awarded to athletes that have a 4.0 for one academic school year. Just 22 other Big Ten student-athletes were among that group for the 2008-09 academic year. In addition to those awards, she has been awarded the Academic Athletic Award as well.
Griffith will be one of the team’s co-captains this season. She is one of the guiding forces of the Penn State squad, usually leading off for the Lions in the batting order. Griffith enjoys working with youngsters on their softball and field hockey games.
Griffith is a highly committed member of the THON movement. THON is an annual fundraiser at Penn State that raises money for pediatric cancer research and treatment. Griffith’s venture into the THON experience has involved helping to raise money and donations. In addition to Griffith’s work with THON, she has volunteered her free time in the summer as a field hockey and softball coach at home in New Jersey. She also helps with the PSU softball camps to teach young athletes what she has learned to make them better.
Griffith enters the 2010 season as Penn State’s best threat to reach base and the best fielder on defense. Last season, Griffith earned All-Big Ten second team honors for her play. She led the squad in hitting, stolen bases, and sacrifices. The 18 sacrifices were the second most in Penn State single-season history. She was second on the squad in on-base percentage and walks. Her defense has been recognized as well, earning the Defensive Player of the Year award from her teammates at Penn State.