Laurie Bollig

Fall season kicks off with stellar list of candidates

by Laurie Bollig October 02, 2012 in Volleyball


We’ve barely had time to catch our collective breaths after a great season of Senior CLASS Award winners in 2011-12. We met the likes of Kirk Cousins - a terrific quarterback from Michigan State who wowed us all with his speech about the privilege and responsibility of being a student-athlete. We learned how important family and her home state of Hawaii are to Kanani Danielson when she joined us at the Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. We saw perseverance personified when Robbie Hummel of Purdue was announced as the winner of the men’s basketball award. Each winner had a unique story to tell.

And now it’s time to start it all over again.

Four candidate classes have been announced for the fall - men’s soccer, women’s soccer, football and volleyball. Thirty-eight all-Americans. More than 70 grade point averages above 3.0. Team captains. Student leaders. Countless hours of community service.

One of the great benefits of being involved with the Senior CLASS Award program is first reading the outstanding nominations from sports information directors all over the country, then seeing those nominations turn into candidates and finalists before finally meeting the winners in 10 Division I sports and recognizing them at various championships as the nation’s most outstanding senior student-athletes in those sports.

The Senior CLASS Award program is strong. It will continue the great tradition of recognizing young men and women who strive to be excellent in the classroom and on the field of competition while also serving the communities in which they live and go to school. The names change but the stories continue to be bigger than life. It’s a great thing to be part of and an exciting tradition that has grown over 11 years. If you want positive stories about great human beings, the Senior CLASS Award is where it’s at. Enjoy the season!