Connecticut’s Maya Moore wins the 2010-11 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in women’s basketball
April 02, 2011
OVERLAND PARK, KS – Maya Moore, one of the most decorated student-athletes in University of Connecticut history, has been selected as the 2010-11 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner in women’s basketball. The announcement and trophy presentation were made today by Lowe’s, an official corporate partner of the NCAA®, during open practices for the Women’s Final Four®.
The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I women’s basketball head coaches, national media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I women’s basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
“It is a huge honor to win this award. Just looking at the list of people who have won in the past, it really puts me in great company. Also knowing that this award recognizes more than just performance on the court. It emphasizes the classroom, community and, most importantly, character,” said Moore. “That is why it is such an honor to be recognized for integrity and leadership. Sometimes those are the things that get taken for granted when recognizing great players and teams. So it’s just a huge honor, and I’m grateful that I’m at a program where I’m surrounded by terrific coaches and staff and a group of teammates around me every day pushing me to get better and giving me an opportunity to be consistent for them. I’m most thankful to them for helping me enjoy this during my senior year.”
Moore was recently honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America as the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year. She is involved with Athletes in Action and has attended numerous leadership conferences through the organization. She is also a gifted musician. Moore has been involved with the Children’s Hospital, helping with a teleconference to raise money for sick children as well as visiting children several times. She also volunteered at head coach Geno Auriemma’s charity golf tournament and has helped the Salvation Army.
“Being named as the recipient of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award is one of the top honors a student-athlete can receive and Maya is very deserving,” Auriemma said. “Maya is the consummate student-athlete and her involvement in community service makes her a great representative for our team, our university, our state and our game. Maya’s work ethic matches her talent level, and I love when those who work hard are recognized for their efforts.”
As she finishes her collegiate career, Moore is poised to become the sport’s most decorated student-athlete. Her squad has won two consecutive NCAA titles and posted records of 39-0 during each of those seasons. Moore is a three-time all-American and two-time Wade Trophy award winner. She won player-of-the-year honors as a sophomore and was the 2010 NCAA Women’s Final Four most outstanding player. The Big East player of the year, Moore averages 23 points and 8 rebounds for the Huskies as they compete in postseason play.
“Maya Moore has won player-of-the-year awards, national championships and just about every other accolade a student-athlete can achieve during her four years at Connecticut,” said David Geren, Lowe’s vice president of marketing. “What is most impressive about Maya, though, is her commitment in every aspect of her collegiate career, including academics and community service.”
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