Honda Sponsors 40th Annual Collegiate Women Sports Awards
The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) celebrated its 40th anniversary on Monday, June 27th, with the ceremony being broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. The event marked four decades of the CWSA, and the third decade of Honda’s corporate partnership.
For forty years, the CWSA has recognized America’s top NCAA women student-athletes for their athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence, and participation in community service. Honda has been sponsoring the event for thirty years, which has lead the organization to annually present the Honda Sports Award to a dozen top female college athletes from the 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports, who then compete for the title of Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the Honda Cup.
“By honoring these very talented student-athletes and their achievements on a national stage, Honda hopes to inspire younger generations of athletes and open doors to future opportunities for all female athletes,” said Steve Morikawa, American Honda’s Vice President of Corporate Relations & Social Responsibility. “These women are shining examples of the power of dreams.”
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This year’s Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year was University of Connecticut women’s basketball player Breanna Stewart.
The other eleven 2016 Honda Sports Award honorees included:
- Samantha Bricio, Volleyball, University of Southern California
- Virginia Elena Carta, Golf, Duke University
- Danielle Collins, Tennis, University of Virginia
- Taylor Cummings, Lacrosse, University of Maryland
- Alyssa Manley, Field Hockey, Syracuse University
- Courtney Okolo, Track & Field, University of Texas
- Raquel Rodriguez, Soccer, Penn State University
- Sierra Romero, Softball, University of Michigan
- Molly Seidel, Cross Country, University of Notre Dame
- Bridget Sloan, Gymnastics, University of Florida
- Kelsi Worrell, Swimming & Diving, University of Louisville
Senior forward and Honda Cup winner Breanna Stewart finished her UConn playing career as the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots with 414, and her 2,676 points ranks second on the Huskies’ all-time scoring list. The top pick in the 2016 WNBA draft, she is currently playing for the Seattle Storm.
“On this special 40th year milestone for the CWSA, we congratulate Breanna and welcome her into the elite company of those who have held the Honda Cup for the past 39 years—truly the ‘best of the best’ in collegiate athletics!” said Chris Voelz, Executive Director of the CWSA.
Since beginning its partnership with the CWSA in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3 million in institutional grants to the universities of award winners and nominees in support of the schools’ women’s athletics programs.
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