TWENTY CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2008 LACROSSE LOWE’S SENIOR CLASS AWARD
February 29, 2008
(Kansas City, MO) - TWENTY CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2008 LOWE’S SENIOR CLASS AWARD AS OUTSTANDING NCAA® DIVISION I SENIOR STUDENT-ATHLETE IN MEN’S LACROSSE’S
Twenty collegiate lacrosse players who have combined excellence in athletics, academics and community service were announced today as the official candidates for the men’s lacrosse division of the 2008 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
The award, presented annually to NCAA® Division I student-athletes each year in eight sports, focuses on the “Four C’s” of classroom, character, community and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who fulfill their entire athletic eligibility and pursue the many rewards of a senior season and complete college education. Since that time, Lowe’s, an official corporate partner of the NCAA® , has expanded the award to include other NCAA sports and the award has developed into the nation’s premier tribute to college seniors.
This marks the second year for the men’s lacrosse division of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Cornell goaltender Matt McMonagle was the inaugural winner in 2007.
From the list of 20 nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in late March 2008. Those ten names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote that will include coaches, media and fans. The award winner will be announced and recognized at the 2008 NCAA® Men’s Lacrosse Championships in Foxboro, MA.
“Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in America and we’re pleased to recognize these outstanding individuals who are among the nation’s finest collegiate student athletes,” said Bob Gfeller, Lowe’s senior vice president of marketing and advertising. “In looking at these twenty candidates, their list of achievements is very impressive, not only as lacrosse players, but also in the classroom and their respective communities.”
Sportscaster Dick Enberg, Honorary Chairman of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, first conceived the idea of an award for seniors in 2001 in response to the growing trend of men’s basketball players leaving school early for the NBA.
Lowe’s has since expanded the Senior CLASS Award program to include men’s hockey, men’s lacrosse, baseball, softball and men’s and women’s soccer.