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Joy McCorvey


St. John’s University

Childhood/Special Education


McCorvey has a grade point average 3.42. She excels in the classroom, having earned numerous academic accolades. She was a BIG EAST All-Star for the 2008-09 campaign, earning a GPA of 3.0 of higher. She has been on the President’s Honor Roll from 2006-present, and also earned the Athletic Director’s Silver Medallion in fall 2008 for posting a GPA between 3.5-3.99. McCorvey was a 2008-09 third team Arthur Ashe Diversity in Education recipient, which honors student-athletes who have demonstrated athletic ability and achievements, in addition to academic excellence in the classroom and service to the community. In January 2009, McCorvey earned the BIG EAST Institutional Basketball Scholar-Athlete award.


McCorvey is one of the strongest representatives of St. John’s University, leading by example on and off the court. McCorvey, who is a four-time team captain of the women’s basketball team, received the highest honor a student at St. John’s can receive when she was inducted into the President’s Society in April 2009. The President’s Society consists of those students who combine scholarship, integrity and maturity with leadership skills demonstrated by their significant contribution to the extracurricular life of the University. Members of the Society are considered part of the President’s official staff and are designated special duties at University functions. They are often paired with prominent alumni, world leaders and well-known humanitarians. McCorvey also earned the STJ Student-Athlete Leadership Certificate in April 2009 for completing the second level of the University leadership program. In January 2009, she was awarded with the Founders Week Recognition Award, given to students whose service to St. John’s University exemplifies the spirit of the Vincentian Mission, whose contributions to our community illustrate the mission and values of St. John’s University. In May 2008, she was presented with the Marianne Noonan Memorial Award, which is presented annually to a member of the St. John’s women’s basketball team who best exemplifies the unselfish attitude and team spirit of Marianne Noonan, in whose memory the award was established. From 2008-09, McCorvey has served as a Student-Athlete Orientation Leader and a Peer Educator. She has also represented her fellow student-athletes as a member of the St. John’s University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Representative in 2008-09 and 2009-10. She also represents the University on the NCAA Gender/Diversity Issues and Student-Athlete Welfare Subcommittee, and has been a student-athlete representative on the NCAA Certification Steering Committee.


McCorvey participates in numerous community service initiatives at St. John’s. She has volunteered for four years at the HeartShare Human Services of New York, a nonprofit human services agency dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, spending time playing with the children and spending time with adults in the community. McCorvey has participated in the Relay for Life for four years, which is a huge campus-wide fundraising event to raise awareness and funds through this overnight walk against cancer. She has also volunteered in the Breast Cancer Fun Run from 2006-09. She has participated annually at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, providing a home cooked dinner while sharing in conversations with seriously ill children and their families staying at the facility. McCorvey has volunteered for four years in the University’s Service day, in addition to participating in STJ’s Midnight Run by making bagged meals and distributing them to the homeless in Manhattan. She has also participated in the Sponsor a Family program, volunteered her time at Momma’s House to offer support and guidance to young mothers ages 17-21 and connect with the children, and has spent time with both the children and the families at St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital to offer support, comfort and reassurance through their difficult time.

During the 2009-10 season, McCorvey has continued to dedicate her time off the court to community service initiatives. She participated in the University Service Day, spending time at Heartshare Human Services, assisting individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. McCorvey visited the Ronald McDonald House a few weeks later, spending four hours at the facility to cook dinner for the children and families and spending time with them. She participated in the University’s Midnight Run, delivering food to the homeless in New York City. McCorvey also participated in the Sleep Out for the Homeless to foster an understanding of less fortunate individuals in the New York City area.


Joy McCorvey became only the ninth STJ player to grab over 600 rebounds and score over 600 points in Red Storm history. The forward has corralled 10 or more rebounds four times this season. McCorvey is responsible for three of the Red Storm’s six double-double performances in 2009-10. McCorvey entered the top 10 on St. John’s all-time rebounding list this season and has moved to fifth place with 673 career boards. McCorvey was named the MVP of the St. John’s-Chartwells Holiday Classic after averaging a double-double with 11.0 points and 13.0 rebounds. The senior posted a double-double with 14 points and a career-high-tying 15 rebounds in the championship game against the Hokies.

As a junior, McCorvey played in 33 games, averaging 23.4 minutes. She shot 56.5 percent from the field, recording the highest field goal percentage among starters and second highest on team. She increased her scoring to average 6.0 points per game and she averaged 5.4 rebounds per game to rank third on squad. She led the team with 47 steals and finished second with 18 blocks. She posted seven double-digit scoring performances and two double-digit rebounding efforts. She registered two double-doubles and led the team in scoring once and in rebounding six times. She played in 16 BIG EAST contests, starting in 12 and averaged 22.8 minutes, 5.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in league games. She shot a team-high field goal percentage of 62.3 in conference contests. As a sophomore, she was one only of two players to start and play in all 33 games on the year. She led the starters with 55-percent shooting. She also led the team in rebounding with 5.5 per game. She is a four-year team captain.